WITH WHAT I HAVE
of All things,
The grass is always greener
on the other side of the fence ...
and the food looks always better
on the other person's plate ....
it not be so, or if it is so,
let me not care.
me be content with my own possessions,
and not want more, or want what others have.
me never be jealous or envious of others, or tend to
judge them for what they may possess and I may not.
To each his own,
and hopefully what I own I generously share.
me be always delighted and never envious of the good
fortune of others!
me detach myself emotionally
from my own physical "things."
Guide me to understand deeply, emotionally
and spiritually, that indeed "all this will
me realize that for all its seeming solidity, material
security is in a sense
a phantasm, for the thief can break in
and steal, and the moth can consume,
and fire or financial misfortune, or hospitalization,
or any number of other causes might separate me from
all the material things which I think that
I "own": my home, my health, my sanity, even
me not forget the lesson of Job,
who lost everything . . . except You.
tested Job with the utmost tortures,
including loss of friends and family, but Job stood
firm in his faith and did not despair of Your goodness
and Your provenance
over all material and earthly possessions.
Give me please the powerful patience,
the rock-solid faith, and the iron endurance
of Your long-suffering servant Job.
Refocus my sight often, Lord, on the eternal verities,
on heaven, and on You, my God,
my Hope and my Eternal Love.
And thank You for kittens, furry reminders
of innocence, and of the goodness of my God.
2012 Donn B. Murphy
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