fire and brimstone rained down
on the horrendously evil cities of Sodom
and Gomorrah, Your servant Lot,
and his family, whom you had warned
of the coming conflagration, fled their home,
leaving all behind as You had instructed them
commanded them to not look back.
Curious, perhaps, and concerned for neighbors
and friends, probably yearning slightly
for the past, Lot's wife could not resist one
when she turned back, she was turned instantly
into a pillar of salt!
let me always obey You, Lord,
and know when not to turn back.
not look back on my past sins except
in the greatest hatred of them and in deep regret
for my disobedience to Your law.
me not turn back with futile
self-recrimination for my shortcomings,
but let me rather look always to the future
with steely strong resolve to obey You
and Your Commandments in all things,
to do charitable acts for those in need,
and to hope always for final salvation.
me not regret the passing
of "the good times," but help me now
make every moment which You give me a good
in the best sense, a blessing, and a joy
in Your sight.
me, God Almighty, from the fires
of Your wrath, and lead me rather into
the cool green green and untroubled waters
of Your good paradise.
this I pray to You in earnest love,
in fervent hope, in trusting faith,
and in willing obedience.
(c) 2012 Donn B. Murphy
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