Sunday, January 11, 2015

Celebrating Life

The other night I stepped
out on my front porch
and took a moment
to thank God
for this beautiful sunset

I don't know about you,
but I rarely seem to slow down these days
Again this past Saturday
I made myself find time to attend a
memorial service for a man
at my church that I barely knew
I had smiled at him and said hello
many times over the past year,
but never really took the time to
get to know him
During this wonderful celebration of life
I found myself rejoicing
with his family as they boldly
gave testimony through word and song
of a great Godly man
who loved his Lord and served
Him so beautifully
How I wish I'd slowed down long enough
to know him before the sunset on his life
Every Little Birdie says -
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, admidst 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 great destiny.
Wilferd A. Peterson

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