At a meeting at Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, GA, one of our staff members heard this devotion. At Habitat for Humanity, we get so caught up in the speed and amount of things going on we often don’t take the time to slow down and appreciate the world around us. We assume many of you go through the same thing in your lives. Below is the devotion given by Peter Rumsey, borrowed from Jose Quinonez.
Slow me down, Lord.
Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace.
Give me, amidst the day’s confusion the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Slow my pace, Lord. Slow my life. Come sit by me at the well. I am exhausted.
Break the tension of my nerves and muscles
with the soothing music of singing streams that live in my memory.
Give rest to my heart; bring calm to my feelings. Come, lead me to the mountain. I am empty.
Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.
Give me these hours the leisure to be still that I savor the quiet of rolling hills, tasting the presence of the Divine.
Bring me from the running of the day and the doing of the duties to the sitting in the evening to know the reward of being.
Be gentle, Teacher, teaching the truth of being. In gentleness, command: “Silence!” Teach me to slow down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book.
Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak and know that … it grew slowly … and well.
In stillness embrace my spirit and re-enkindle with love…and opening the embrace give freedom to the soul.
Inspire me to send my own roots down deep… into the soil of life’s endearing values…
Slow my pace, Spirit of Love, breathe into my being, Word….and with a mighty wind blow the incarnate word to the ends of the earth. Slow me down, Lord.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”