If you are like millions of others (especially noticable on Twitter hashtags#), you pray the Serenity Prayer every day. In this live interview from 1958, CBS anchor Mike Wallace interviews Rev Reinhold Niebuhr, a prominent Christian theologian of his day who wrote The Serenity Prayer at the bottom of this posting, made famous by AA.
It is a 20 minute video that will make you think. Niebuhr addresses racism, catholics, communism, atheism and who’s side is God on? And much more…. He is remarkable in his vision, non-judgment and sheer guts to challenge the conventional thinking of the day.
The Serenity Prayer
O 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 he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that he will make all things right if I surrender to his will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this world
and supremely happy with him forever.