God, give us grace to accept with serenity
Living one day at a time,
the serenity prayer - reinhold niebuhr - original version
American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr composed this prayer in the early 1930s. He is known to have quoted it in a 1943 sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts and again in a sermon published in the 1944 Book of Prayers and Services for the Armed Forces. There is also another version adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous.