Lord, make me an instrument of your
there is Hatred, let me sow Love.
Where there is Injury,
Where there is Doubt, Faith.
Where there is Despair,
Where there is Darkness, Light, and
Where there is
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so
seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is
in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
listen to the MP3 recording of "Slow Me Down, Lord":
Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, admidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the sighing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations of slowing down to look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend or to make a new one;
To pat a stray dog,
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always to the swift;
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of my great destiny. Wilferd A. Peterson
MY LORD GOD,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road
ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I
really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the
desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that
desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me
by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore
trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never
leave me to face my perils alone.
isn't your creation wasteful?
Fruits never equal the seedlings' abundance.
Springs scatter water.
The sun gives out enormous light.
May your bounty teach me greatness of heart.
May your magnificence stop me being mean.
Seeing you a prodigal and open-handed giver,
let me give unstintingly
like a king's son
like God's own.