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My Father's Prayer ...and mine

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This was on the refrigerator door at my Dad's house for many years. At the bottom were the birth and death details of my paternal grandfather's life...1886-1966. I thought he was the author of this poem..but in the last year or so, I discovered that he is NOT the author. If you search google for comes up in many variations...but apparently the author is unknown. So, I am sharing the version my father liked.

My Father's Prayer...and mine.

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older; and someday will be old.

Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details...give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips to my many aches and pains....they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible for me to be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint...some of them are so hard to live with...but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Help me to extract all possible fun out of life. There are so many funny things around us, and I do not want to miss any of them.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Great advice. It does hit a few nails on the head!

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2013 12:07AM

    Good advice indeed!

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CELEST 2/6/2013 8:06AM

    That is an excellent poem. I try to be patient, but struggle with these and dont know which order is more annoying....those who suffer from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion or the endless bowel movement subject or the a sour old person which surely is one of the crowning works of the devil.
I keep reminding myself I will be old-er one day too.
My prayer for myself is ... TO SMILE A TON AND LOVE THE YOUNG.

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  What good advice!

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TATTER3 2/6/2013 5:45AM

    I love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    I love it! Thank you for sharing Asta!

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NANADEE44 2/5/2013 9:28PM

    I'm going to copy and paste this prayer to a new text document on my laptop, just so I can access it quickly on days when I can feel myself exhibiting some of the same behaviors in this prayer. I am so guilty of many of them. Thanks for sharing. Interesting comments about the original author.

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