Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Pretty Impressive and Needed Daily Prayer!

A good friend recently sent me this prayer which he received at a training seminar at his work. Might not be a bad idea to pray it (and mean it!) every day!

A Prayer for the Day…Everyday!

Dear Lord,

Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but You know Lord that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint - some of them are so hard to live with - but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

Taken From A 17th Century Nun's Prayer

1 comment:

FVErickson said...

My first time to read the Nun's Prayer. I love every word and I am delighted you included it on your blog, Andy. I'm making a copy to keep in my Bible for daily reminders that age should bring wisdom, but often doesn't in my case. Blessings to you, Fran Vining Erickson.