Prayer of an Aging Disciple

Lord grant me grace
live in the present and see what is possible
to look into the future and to trust you
to be silent and to hear your voice in the silence
to do what you ask without arguing
humbly adapt to radical changes
serve and graciously accept to be served
give generously
always to be grateful for all your generous gifts
to use all of my gifts in whatever service you ask of me
to rejoice in all the graces you have given me
forgive and ask for forgiveness
I’m sorry for all the times I didn’t answer your call
to live in a way that speaks of you
Have courage in times of trial
Letting go of everything that keeps me from getting closer and closer to you
look to the future with hope
and always be surprised when you do everything from scratch.

—Excerpt from Barbara Lee’s Response to God’s Call

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