hands_together_193889A Daily Prayer

Lord, Thou knowest better than we know ourselves that we are growing older and will someday be old.  Keep us from the fatal habit of thinking we must say something on every subject and on every occasion.  Release us from craving to try to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make us thoughtful but not moody,  helpful but not bossy.  With our vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it it all, but Thou knowest, Lord that we want a few friends at the end.  Keep our minds free from the recital of endless details…give us wings to get to the point.  Seal our lips on our aches and pains.  They are increasing, and love of rehearing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.  We dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others, but help us to endure them with patience.  We dare not ask for improved memory but a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when our memories seem to clash with the memories of others.  Teach us the glorious lesson that occasionally we may be mistaken.  Keep us reasonably sweet.  We do not want to be saints – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crowing works of the devil.  Give us the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.  Give us the grace to tell them so. Amen.

-David Prager.

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