St Mary's church, Upton on Mersey


A wisdom prayer

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God, give me grace to accept with serenity

The things that cannot be changed,


Courage to change the things

Which should be changed,


And the wisdom

To distinguish the one from the other.


Living one day at a time,

Enjoying one moment at a time,


Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,

Taking, as Jesus 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 in the next.


In Jesus name I pray,



by Reinhold Niebuhr

Ordained as a minister in the German Evangelical Synod of North America. Most of his work was devoted to reconciling the concept of perfect love with a world in constant violent conflict. A prolific writer and a popular, engaging lecturer, Niebuhr became a national celebrity in The United States and influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. and policy makers in the administration of President John Kennedy.