SLOW ME DOWN LORD
Slow me down, Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace with a vision
Of Eternal reach of time.
Give me, amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music of the
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,
of slowing down to look at a flower,
to chat with an old friend or 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 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 towards the stars
Of my greater destiny.
~Wilfred Arlan Peterson