and will someday be old.Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking
I must say something for every occassion. Release me from
craving to try 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,
Seal my lips on my aches and pains.
They are increasing and the love of rehearsing
them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy tales
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected people.
-Elisabeth H. Steake, La Jolla
Church of the Science of God
La Jolla, California 92038-3131
© Church of the Science of GOD, 1993