Serenity Prayer II
(found in Trinity Church of Braunlage, Germany, in July 2008)
"LORD, YOU know better than me, that I grow older,
and will be old after a while.
Save me from becoming talkative
or from even thinking, I should utter something on every occasion
and on every subject.
Release me from the urge to bring in order
Free my speech from unnecessary enumerations of
endless details, and endow me with the gift to come to an end.
Give me the patience
to listen to other people‘s complaints about their sorrows.
Help me to give attention to them and to show sympathy,
but close my lips towards my own troubles and pains.
These will grow with the years, together with
the inclination to talk about them.
Give me the valuable insight
that it might happen occasionally
that I am wrong.
Keep me obliging and friendly.
I do not want at all to become a woman saint;
because these are often hard to bear for others.
But the worst plague are embittered old people.
Make me thoughtful but not moody,
helpful, but not overbearing.
Often it is hard not to be able to share
my wisdom with everybody -
but YOU, LORD, know
that I would like to keep some friends
till my end."
Original in German.)