Monday, November 23, 2009

Ouch! A prayer that fits

When my mother moved to Provisions Living retirement community in Hattiesburg, MS, she brought a single newspaper clipping from among the many inspirational articles and quotations she had saved over the years. As I typed the words from the yellowed and worn newsprint, I wondered if she had saved it especially for me. I recognized the change that aging is bringing to my behavior. Here is “A Personal Prayer” that I need to make my own. The newspaper and source were not identified.

A Personal Prayer
Lord, you know I am growing older. Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject. Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs.

Keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me strength to get to the point.

Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains. They are increasing with the passing of years, and the love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Make me thoughtful, but not nosy. Helpful, but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom and experiences, it does seem a pity not to use it at all. But you know, Lord, that I want a few friends in the end.

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