Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Add to the beauty: A prayer

I jotted this prayer down over twenty years ago.  It was found in an Elisabeth Elliot book.

Now it is my time.  It's for me.

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am getting older and will someday be old. 

Keep me from... the fatal habit of thinking I must say something in every subject and on every occasion.


Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.


Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. 

With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but You know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. 

Keep my mind from the recital of endless details-give me wings to come to the point. 

Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure the with patience. 

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I will be mistaken. 

Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with-but a sour old woman is one of the crowning works of the devil. 

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me the grace to tell them so.


Encourage one another,

Donna Elsie


  1. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Beautiful Donna... A prayer to live by with the Lord's Grace and Mercy. This sweet picture looks like me (Aunt Barb) with y'all at the house in Oshkosh..

    1. Aunt Barb, we all thought this was mom, but mom never had such long hair did she? Such a precious photo!!

  2. Anonymous11:48 AM

    Dear Donna, It is so very GOOD to have you back! Thank YOU! Love and prayers, jep

    1. Hi Jep!!! I'm so glad you 'found' me ;o)

  3. Anonymous7:45 AM

    How, how this spoke to me! Our two grandsons, 10 and 5, are visiting for a couple of weeks. They are both headstrong, very active, and LOUD. I love them dearly and cherish this time with them, but I feel so much *older* when they are here! :)


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