STAGES OF LIFE
God above, You have given us a panorama
of possibility, choice and progression.
first years are all about growth
and development: a time of experiment,
self-discovery, learning, improvement
bring us innocent into the world
and we begin making choices about ourselves and who
we are to become.
We are schooled,
we take our first jobs,
we construct a circle of friends.
God of Possibility,
for Your gifts, physical and mental,
and Your divine guidance to me
in the uncertain formation of my life.
Thank you for
and setting me free to learn and grow
and become a mature person!
into middle-age I was secure
in myself and able to use my talents unselfconsciously
in what I hope was productive work, helpful to others
and pleasing to You.
I enjoyed the
challenges, the comradeships,
the goals and the changes, brave adventures
and the stimulating atmosphere of adult achievement,
the meeting of mature expectations and the satisfaction
of accomplishment and success
among supportive colleagues.
God of Life,
thank you for Your continued guidance in my choices
With my official
work life over,
I come into the final phase of my existence here on
earth: The Golden Age of Seniority, Privilege, and "free
New vistas and new opportunities present themselves:
time to make room for all
the things that were "put off" when life
was far too busy.
energy flags, the senses are less sharp... The body
is less flexible
and the mind less agile...
Illness and pain seem to come with this new territory
and its intimidating finality.
Guide me to
make the best choices
in this new landscape.
of the final curtain
The news from relatives
and friends is not so cheerful as before,
and then, one by one they take their bows and make their
exits, leaving empty places on the stages and at the
of our lives.
Heads up! Give
me the resilience to support those in need with cheerful
and good friendship.
Let my optimism not flag.
the future looms uncertainly.
God of Life, give me the vision
and the vigor to "keep on keeping on."
pray You now for special energy, guidance and support
as I navigate the perils
of this final journey forward.
are my Anchor and my Lifeline.
You are my Destiny and my Destination.
You are my Hope and my Salvation.
place all my trust in you, dear Jesus,
Master, Holy Spirit, God on high:
see you waiting on a shore ahead,
arms outstretched as in welcome,
as You stand on a mountain-top in Brazil.
me my God of Destiny and Salvation.
Keep my craft afloat and my compass turned toward You
that I may complete my life's journey safely,and sail
into Heaven's Harbor, and into Your divine waiting embrace.
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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