Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Wonderful Prayer for those pushing 60 or beyond.

Almighty God you know that I am growing older.

Keep me from becoming too talkative, from repeating all my jokes and anecdotes,
and particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome habit of expressing an opinion on every subject.

Release me from craving to straighten out everyone's affairs. Keep my mind free from recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point.

Give me the grace, dear GOD, to listen to others as they describe their aches and pains. Help me endure the boredom with patience and keep my lips sealed, for my own aches and pains are increasing in number and intensity, and the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally, I might be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not wish to be a saint (Saints are so hard to live with), but a sour old person is the work of the devil.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody, helpful, but not pushy, independent, yet able to accept with graciousness favors that others wish to bestow on me.

Free me of the notion that simply because I have lived a long time, I am wiser than those who have not lived so long. I am older, but not necessarily wiser!

If I do not approve of some of the changes that have taken place in recent years, give me the wisdom to keep my mouth shut.

GOD knows that when the end comes, I would like to have a friend or two left.

In Jesus name, Amen!


linda eller said...

Amen and amen.

Anonymous said...

Well, I am wondering what 80 is going to be like?

Lynette said...

My AMEN is in big NEON letters! Thanks, Patty.

Helen said...

Very good!!

Cheryl said...

ah yes...this was perfect! I must remember it......

Jackie said...

Thank you so much.
I read and re-read...and want to apply it to my life.
Hugs to you and your family.

Winifred said...

That's so funny!

I have a friend who once she got to sixty now says she can say what she likes. She really does & when they say she shouldn't she tells them that because she's sixty, she now has the right to say what she likes!