Friday, January 29, 2010

A Nun's Prayer

This prayer was brought to my attention by my pal Monika.  It struck a powerful chord with me so I knew I had to share it with you.

17th Century Nun's Prayer

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

 Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to 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 to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessing cocksureness 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.


I think I shall have "Be helpful, not bossy" engraved backwards on my forehead so I see it each time I look in the mirror.  Hmmmm, come to think of it etching the phrase in the mirror glass may be more productive and less painful.  What do you think -shall we make a pact  to not grow into sour old people?

PS:  This prayer is courtesy of John Mark Ministries :)


  1. I'm so glad you liked it...I have a copy of it framed and hanging in my office.
    LOL, :)

  2. Oh my word...that could have been written for me! LOL Just ask my family about the bossy part. And the endless details..tee hee!

    Thanks girls for a good laugh. Going to print this one out too!


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