A New Serenity Prayer | The Jesuit Post

It’s not a psalm and I didn’t write it, but I love this new version of the Serenity Prayer — and it is very much in the spirit of my rewrites of psalms.

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone,
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked.

And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again,
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically, God,
grant me the wisdom
to remember that I’m
not you.


via A New Serenity Prayer | The Jesuit Post.

One thought on “A New Serenity Prayer | The Jesuit Post

  1. That is super-helpful. ANNA loves the serenity prayer. I like the part in the original where the composer says even Jesus left people alone. Even Jesus…Esp. Jesus. It ripples from there in the original. Marcus Borg the writer says Jesus had his bad days. YES. But even Jesus was superkind and then he went up the mountain. James Sire says, for what? Well, we know he was meditating in his heart of hearts…..compassion in ancient Hebrew meant “wombs.” I once wrote in a selfish journal (I’ll be frank) that YESHUA went up the mountain to get away from the praying masses. Yet that’s the wrong attitude, as YESHUA himself was deeply prayerful in all moments and supremely tolerant as this psalm says. I need that thing in there that says…if you think you’re smarter, think again. Thanks. This is a good rendition in everyman’s terms. Ok, gotta go. K ps Most of my little journals are thrown away. They are about as truly useful say, as facebook? That’s my snark du jour. (:


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