303 AN OLDTIMER'S PRAYER

303 AN OLDTIMER'S PRAYER

DEAR GOD:

Keep me from thinking I must share in every meeting, no matter what the topic is. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details and give me wings to get to the point. Remind me to guard confidences and to keep still when I feel it is necessary to speak up for someone's own good.

Release me from the need to straighten out everybody else’s thinking and program. God I ask for the grace to listen to newcomers. Please help me to remember the patience with which others listened to me when I was new. Please seal my lips to giving advice, and help me to remember to share only my experience, strength, and hope. Remind me that my purpose is to fit myself to be of maximum service to you and to the people around me. Help me to remain teachable. Teach me (again) the lesson that occasionally, it is possible that I may be wrong; and remind me, please, of the freedom that I gain when I

am able to promptly admit I am wrong and make amends when necessary. Please keep me from being a bleeding deacon/ess and help me to walk the path towards being an elder statesman/stateswoman. Help me to walk with faith and acceptance, to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people, and give me the grace to tell them so. (AUTHOR UNKNOWN)

Random Awakening

Al Kohallek asked his sponsor if he heard about the nine ever-day elements of love. Lou-is replied, when I came into the Program so many members of our group were reading a book written a longtime ago. The title was The Greatest Thing in the World, by Henry Drummond (1851 – 1897). He listed what many believed to be the greatest thing or good. In his judgment like Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 13 was love. I will share a little of my experience for each one of these elements of love for I believe our Program is a way of life and that life is love.