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.
Amidst the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Autumn in the Smoky Mountains
Break the tension of my nerves
With the soothing music of sighing streams
That live in my memory.
Old Dam Site on the Moose River
Help me to know
The magic 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 nest;
to smile at a child;
or to read a few lines from a good book.
Charlotte Spinning Her Web
An illustration from the classic
By E.B. White
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 a towering oak
Red Oak Tree
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.
-Wilferd A. Peterson