Serenity Prayer (full version) and other prayers

 
“Serenity Prayer” (Full Version)
 
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as you did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
Trusting that you will make all things right
If I surrender to your Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with you Forever and ever in the next.
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PRAYER
by
An Unknown Confederate Soldier
 
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was make weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
 
I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
 
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
 
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
 
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
 
I got nothing that I asked for, 
but everything I had hoped for.
 
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
 
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
 
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This Hymn, which can also be used as a prayer, was written by Jan Struther, who wrote the "Mrs. Miniver" series in the 1930s in the United Kingdom.  It was first published in 1931.
 It certainly describes my daily journey with God, and I hope you enjoy it too.
You can enjoy a performance of it by clicking on the link in the first line.
 
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, 
Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy, 
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, 
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day. 

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith, 
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe, 
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray, 
Your strength in our hearts, Lord at the noon of the day. 

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, 
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace, 
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray, 
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day. 

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, 
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, 
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray, 
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
 
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