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The Serenity Prayer | Dwayne Cole


The Serenity Prayer | Dwayne Cole

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Millions of people around the world have found peace and happiness that passes all understanding in this prayer of serenity, courage, and wisdom, wrapped in God’s mysterious miraculous presence. The serenity prayer as it is structured is not in the Bible; but its three themes of serenity, courage, and wisdom are biblical themes that loom large. The prayer’s origin is not clear. Some say it dates back as far as the twelfth century. It has been attributed to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and dated as early as 1934 by his wife, but it does not appear in his writing until many years later.

The short version has only a few lines:

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.


Dwayne Cole is a retired pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He earned his degrees, including a Ph.D. in New Testament with a major in Greek, from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Cole lives with his wife, Beth, in Alaska. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.     


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