Who wrote this "Prayer for peace of mind" (Serenity Prayer), the researchers still argue, mentioning both the ancient Incas, and Omar Khayyam. The most likely authors are the German theologian Carl Friedrich Etinger and the American pastor, also of German origin Reinhold Niebuhr.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Lord, give me peace of mind to accept what I can not change,
give me the courage to change what I can change,
and give me the wisdom to distinguish one from another.
The Lord gave me three wonderful qualities:
Courage - to fight where I can change something,
Patience - to accept what I can not cope with,
and the head on my shoulders - to distinguish one from the other.
As many memoirists point out, this prayer hung over the desktop of US President John F. Kennedy. Since 1940, it is used by the society "Anonymous Alcoholics", which also contributed to its popularity.
To the rabbi the Jew came in frustrated feelings:
- Rebbe, I have such problems, such problems, I can not solve them in any way!
"In your words, I see a clear contradiction," said the rabbi, "God created each of us and knows what we can do." If it’s your problem, you can solve it. If you can not do it, then it’s not your problem.
And also the prayer of the Optina Elders
Lord, let me with peace of mind meet everything that the coming day will bring me. Let me be completely surrendered to your holy will. At every hour of this day, in everything, instruct and support me. Whatever I receive from the news during the day, teach me to take them with a calm soul and a firm conviction that everything is holy Your will. In all words and deeds, I lead my thoughts and feelings. In all unforeseen cases, do not let me forget that everything is sent down by You. Teach me directly and reasonably to act with every member of my family, not embarrassing or upsetting anyone. Lord, give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day and all events during the day. Lead my will and teach me to pray, believe, hope, tolerate, forgive and love. Amen.