Hugh’s News & Views (Speed Me Up . . .)

SPEED ME UP, LORD

Here is Wilfred A. Peterson’s sequel to his poem “Slow Me Down, Lord” that we ran last week. Both poems present valid perspectives. We need to strive for balance in our lives, a proper pace for living, knowing when we need to slow down and when we need to speed up.

Speed me up, Lord!
Start the pounding of my heart
And concentration of my mind.
Quicken my slow pace
With a vision of my limited earthly time.

Give me,
Amid the confusions of my day,
The calm of self-chosen priorities.
Break the spell of quietness.
Let not soothing music or television
Keep me from activities.

Help me know
When to wake up,
When I’ve had sufficient sleep.
Teach me the art
Of channeling my energy
So I get things done–
And still have time
For flowers and friends,
Pets and children, smiles and books.

Remind me each day
That there is more to life
Than “sitting around.”
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it is still producing.

Speed me up, Lord,
And inspire me to spend my strength wisely,
Remembering life’s important values
That I may meet more challenges
And fulfill a greater destiny.

Wilfred A. Peterson

Hugh Fulford

September 22, 2015