17th Century Nun’s Prayer

17th Century Nun’s Prayer

 

Lord, thou knowst better than I know myself, that I am growing older and will someday be old.  Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on 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 busy.  With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but thou knowst, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless detail; give me wings to get the point.  Seal my lips on my aches and pains.  They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.  I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others’ pains, but help me endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksuredness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.  Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may 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 person 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, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

methinks I need to put this under my pillow and osmose it into every cell of my being… aho…

;~)

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home. www.marecromwell.com
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