The Senility Prayer

I am sure many of you are familiar with The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr:

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.

Now Ben Witherington presents The Senility Prayer “for folks over 50 who are cranky”:

Grant me the senility
to forget the people I never liked anyway;
the good fortune to run into the ones I do;
and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Witherington also has a great story about prayer in the same article. “A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island . . . .”

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