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Slow Me Down Lord


Slow me down, Lord
Ease the pounding of my heart
by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
with a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me, amidst the confusions of my day,
the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
with the soothing music of the sighing streams
that live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking minute vacations -
of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with an old friend or to make a new one;
to pat a stray dog;
to watch a spider build a web;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
that 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 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.

- Wilfred A. Peterson
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