Albrecht Durer's Praying
Albrecht Durer was a German engraver, painter, and printmaker
during the Renaissance time period. He influenced many
artists from his day right up to the present with his
experiments in form and studies of proportion. One of
his most famous sketches, which is still reproduced
today is "The Praying Hands". There are conflicting
stories as to the origin behind "The Praying Hands"
but its message of faith in Jesus Christ is evident
in Durer's painstaking recreation of two praying hands.
The hands reveal the struggles of life in every vein,
bone, and wrinkle, yet the person who is praying remains
faithful to his faith in the hopes of eternal salvation.
The Praying Hands Jewelry
Almost all of Durer's Praying Hands jewelry has the
Serenity Prayer engraved on the back. This prayer was
adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1941. The Serenity
Prayer dates back to the year 1936 and is believed to
have been written by Reinhold Niebuhr who was a theologian
and wrote it as part of a sermon.
The most well known version of the Serenity Prayer is:
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.
Another version of the Serenity Prayer was written
by a philosopher named, W.W. Bartley.
For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.
The Praying Hands Gifts
Durer's Praying Hands are given as gifts to friends
and loved ones who suffer from addictions, whether it
is alcohol or drugs. Praying hands charms give the person
afflicted with substance dependence encouragement and
strength to fight their way to sobriety. As they go
about their day, the Serenity Prayer is always there
on the Praying Hands medal so they can recite it in
times of stress and struggle.