Saturday, December 1, 2012

O GOD, I Need You

By Howard Thurman

I Need Thy Sense of Time
Always I have an underlying anxiety about things. 
Sometimes I am in a hurry to achieve my ends
And am completely without patience. It is hard for me
To realize that some growth is slow,
That all processes are not swift. I cannot always discriminate
Between what takes time to develop and what can be rushed,                                            
Because my sense of time is dulled.
I measure thing in terms of happenings.
O to understand the meaning of perspective
That I may do all things with a profound sense of leisure of time.

I Need thy Sense of Order
The confusion of the details of living
Is sometimes overwhelming. The little things
Keep getting in my way providing ready-made
Excuses for failure to do and be
What I know I ought to do and be.
Much time is spent on things that are not very important
While significant things are put in a insignificant place
In my scheme of order. I must unscramble my affairs
So that my life will become order. O GOD I need thy sense of order.

I need thy Sense of Future
Teach me to know that life is ever
On the side of the future.
Keep alive in me the forward look, the high hope,
The onward surge. Let me not be frozen
Either by the past or the present.
Grant me, O patient Father, Thy sense of the future
Without which all life would sicken and die.

(From Conversations with GOD edited by James Melvin Washington)

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