Oct 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Pray for Help With Aging

The first time I was struck by the following prayer was during the late 60’s.  In the 70’s, it was distributed to persons, mostly senior citizens, who attended Adjusting to Widowhood seminars in Omaha, Nebraska.  It was quite popular then and has survived through all our moves in files that have been protected and preserved. Perhaps, as you read and meditate upon it, you will be as struck by its poignancy as I have been over the years.  The author of the first paragraph is an unknown Mother Superior; another reference suggests it is The Commodore’s Prayer. If we can verify the author, we will post his/her name.


Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day 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 lessening cock-sureness 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;  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.


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