Sunday, May 31, 2009

Slow Me Down, Lord

Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.Steady my hurried pace. Give me, amidst the day's confusion, the calmness of the everlasting hills.

Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the soothing music of singing streams that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking "minute vacations"...slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me of the fable of the hare and the tortoise; that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than measuring its speed.

Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew slowly and well. Inspire me to send my own roots down deep into the soil of life's endearing values...that I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.

Slow me down, Lord.

- Wilfred Arlan Peterson -



'In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast.'

-Peter Marshall -

7 comments:

hip chick said...

I am going to copy this and hang it on the bulliton board in my bedroom. Every morning when I say my prayers I ask the Lord to slow me down.

Rebecca said...

Interesting to read this prayer, "Slow Me Down, Lord". I copied it in the late 1960's in a 3"x5" notebook I carried with me as a student at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago). I reflect today on how the pace of life has escalated and that the prayer is appropriate at stages of life. The Peter Marshal line of pryaer is also profound in its simplicity (as were MOST of his prayers & writings)....Thanks for posting.

Paula said...

Oh how we all need this. What a wonderful poem. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I need to slow down as well! But! We are going to leave Saturday for a two-week vacation, maybe longer. We are keeping our 2 1/2 year old Caden in SC for a week. Next we'll go to TN to see our 2 1/2 year old Elisabeth!

What have you been doing? Miss you.

Katherine

Rhondi said...

Hi Adrienne
I need to say those same words, "Slow me down Lord" Thanks for the reminder.
Hugs, Rhondi

Marilyn Broggie said...

Hi Adrienne, what a beautiful prayer..and they prayer for our armed forces below, very kind words! I always enjoy your posts!
Love,
Marilyn

Barbara said...

Yes, Yes how much I need to be reminded.

Adrienne there is an award for you on my blog. hope it is there when you visit as Blogger seems to be behind in showing scheduled posts.
Blessings.