Original Serenity Prayer

Original Serenity Prayer


The original serenity prayer is widely attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr and is perhaps one of the most universal prayers used by by persons of faith throughout the world.  The original serenity prayer is longer than the "AA" or Alcoholics Anonymous version, which is shortened a bit. Darby Creek Trading has a complete collection of serenity prayer plaques, serenity prayer prints, and other inspirational gift items. 

Full Serenity Prayer

The term "full serenity prayer" is used interchangeably with the "original serenity prayer" to distinguish it from the aa serenity prayer.

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AA Serenity Prayer

Serenity Prayer Plaque

Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, utilized the serenity prayer as the "aa serenity prayer" to encourage people with alcohol addictions to ask God's help in accepting what they are, while at the same time, granting them courage to change the things the can.  In another words, Bill felt that all Alcoholics were able, with God's help, to rid their dependence on alcohol while accepting that fact of the disease that could be arrested.  The version referred in AA publications is simply the first paragraph of the prayer and not a "modified" version. Nearly all 12 step programs for various addictions utilize the Serenity Prayer as the central profession of hope that the can overcome their addictions.

Serenity Prayer Plaque

Darby Creek has designed and offers various Serenity Prayer Plaque including the most popular one utilizing archival quality inks and canvas.  These prayer plaques come in a variety of sizes and can be used as a desktop version with a built-in easel and as a wall plaque. 

Serenity Prayer Print

In addition to the plaques we have a wide vareity of serenity prayer prints that are created from high resolution photography and art work from noted photographers and artists. Visit our store and see all of the various prints of this prayer. These are perfect for gift giving or just to have a reminder to put our faith in God regardless of the challenges we face.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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 life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next. Amen.