The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the
Serenity to accept the things
I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can; and the
Wisdom to know the difference
Third Step Prayer, Life With Hope
I have tried to control the uncontrollable
for far too long.
I ask that you take this burden from me.
I acknowledge that my life is unmanageable.
I ask for your care and guidance.
honesty, courage, humility, and serenity,
to face that which keeps me
from you and others.
I give this life to you
to do with as you will.
An Eleventh Step Prayer
Please help me.
Help me learn what I am supposed to learn,
Help me do what I am supposed to do,
Help me be who I am supposed to be.
Stay with me always,
In my hour of deepest despair,
And my hour of greatest joy.
Set Aside Prayer
Please help me set aside
everything I think I know
about myself, my disease,
these steps, and especially You;
for an open mind
and a new experience
with myself, my disease,
these steps, and especially You.
Closing (Unity) Prayer
I put my hand in yours
and together we can do
what we could never do alone.
No longer is there a sense of hopelessness.
No longer must we each
depend upon our own unsteady will power.
We are all together now
reaching out our hands
for a power and strength, greater than ours.
And, as we join hands
we find love and understanding
beyond our wildest dreams.
Reprinted with permission of Overeaters Anonymous.