I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down
his life for the sheep. He
who is a hireling and not
a shepherd, whose own the sheep
are not, sees the wolf coming
and leaves the sheep and flees;
and the wolf snatches them and
scatters them. He flees because
he is a hireling and cares nothing
for the sheep. I am the good shepherd;
I know my own and my own know me,
as the Father knows me and I know
the Father; and I lay down my life
for the sheep.
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.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as Jesus 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.
- -Reinhold Niebuhr