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11/23/19 Weekend Grif.Net – Prayer of an Aging Woman

11/23/19 Weekend Grif.Net – Prayer of an Aging Woman

Lord, you know =
better than I myself know, that I am growing older and will someday be =
old.
Keep me from being talkative and particularly from the fatal =
habit of thinking that I must say something about every subject and on =
every occasion.

 

Release me =
from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me =
thoughtful but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. =

 

I ask for =
grace enough to listen to the tales of others’ pain.
But seal =
my lips on my own aches and pains–they are increasing, and my love of =
rehearsing them becomes sweeter as the years go =
by.

 

I dare not ask =
for improved memory, but for a growing humility and lessening =
cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. =

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally, it is possible that =
I may be mistaken.

 

Give me the =
ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in =
unexpected people.

Keep my mind =
from the recital of endless details — give me wings to come to the =
point.

With my vast =
store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it at all, =

But you know, =
O Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

 

Amen=

 

[anonymous, =
with a hundred variations across the ‘net]

 

~~

Dr Bob Griffin =

bob@grif.net =
www.grif.net

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"