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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