A Prayer for Solitude

Help me, O God,
To be a still axis in the wheel of activities that revolves around my life.
Deliver me from my distractions, which are many,
and lead me to a quiet place of devotion at your feet.

Teach me there how to pause at more windows.

I know I won't see everything,
but help me see something.

So much passes me by
without attention, let alone, appreciation;
without reflection, let alone, reverence;
without thought, let alone, thankfulness.

Slow me down, Lord, so I may see the windows in roller rinks
and the overarching grandeur of Your image
in the Sistine Chapel of the soul. . .

(A prayer by Ken Gire from his book, Windows of the Soul, p. 37)

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