Slow Me Down, Lord

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Slow Me Down, Lord
Wilfred A. Peterson

Slow me down, Lord! Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me, amidst the confusion of my day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the music of the singing streams that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magic restoring power of sleep.

Teach me the art of taking minute vacations … of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and thee tortoise that I may know 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 great and strong because 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 greater destiny. Amen.

I found this poem in a magazine called ideals Thanksgiving from 1983. It was part of Mom’s stuff. While flipping through it, I found this poem. It really resonates with me right now. Hopefully it will resonate with you and whatever is going on in your life right now. ideals thanksgiving my life such as it is magazinesignature elizabeth my life such as it is.com

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