I am on the receiving end of several daily, weekly, and monthly email devotional and spiritual messages. These regular messages are a great resource of stories that are the foundation of my ministry work. I received one such message recently that I’d like to dedicate to a guy who recently hit another annual life landmark. It comes from a group that I’d gladly give credit, but since I’m doing this without permission, I’m not sure they’d want responsibility. I’m not sure who wrote it, I’d give credit if I knew, but rest assured I didn’t (although I wish I had). Needless to say, prayers are good and this one is worth repeating, especially for that guy I mentioned above. I hope he reads it and learns from it!
A PRAYER FOR THOSE GROWING OLDER
Lord, Thou knowest that 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
Keep me from the recital of endless detail.
Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains; they are increasing with the years and my 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 experience it does seem a pity not to use it all. But Thou knowest, Lord,
that I want a few friends at the end.
Take Care, Pastor Dan
(Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday… to ME! I especially like the “Give me wings…” verse!)