"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

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 singing streams that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical 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 toward the stars
Of my greater destiny.

[And, Lord, remind me of others;
To care for and respond to their needs.
Because in do so, with with compasion of heart,
I can slow down and become like You.]

    —Wilfred A. Peterson
[Last verse by Roger Leonard]

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Ps. 46:10