Monday, December 14, 2009

Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people.

Clearing off my desk today I came across something passed along by my grandmother. It was printed on the back of her friend's funeral program. According to Grandma, "This poem was a 'Dear Abby' column that Edie had handwritten & put into the back of her Bible."

I found it noteworthy and hope you will as well.
Prayer for the Aged
Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older, and will someday be old.

Keep me from getting talkative and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every occasion.

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

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

I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains - they are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that 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.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it at all - but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

-Author Unknown
  • Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. -Job 12:12 (ESV)
  • "You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord." -Lev 19:32 (ESV)



At 14 December, 2009 17:36, Blogger Jade said...

That quote is from "It's a Wonderful Life"! Did I get it right? :o)

At 14 December, 2009 18:34, Blogger David Kjos said...

That is truly priceless! And rather convicting, as well.

At 15 December, 2009 18:35, Blogger GUNNY said...

Bing! You know it, Jade.

Indeed, David, I also found it a bit convicting. Love your profile picture, incidentally.


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