Monday, July 21, 2008

A Psalm of Single-mindedness

I received an email from a friend who shared this to me...

Thought of posting it here...

A Psalm of Single-mindedness
by Joe Bayly

"Lord of reality
make me real
not plastic
pretend phony
an actor playing out his part
I don't want
to keep a prayer list
but to pray
nor agonize to find Your will
but to obey
what i already know
to argue theories of inspiration
but to submit to Your Word.
I don't want
to explain the difference
between eros and philos
and agape
but to love.
I don't want
to sing as if I meant it
I want to mean it.
I don't want
to tell it like it is
but to be it
like you want it.
I don't want
to think another needs me
but I need him
else I'm not complete.
I don't want
to tell others how to do it
but to do it
to have to be always right
but to admit it when I'm wrong.
I don't want to be a census taker
but an obstetrician
nor an involved person, a professional
but a friend
I don't want to be insensitive
but to hurt where other people hurt
nor to say I know how you feel
but to say God knows
and I'll try
if you'll be patient with me
and meanwhile I'll be quiet.
I don't want to scorn the cliches of others
but to mean everything I say
including this.

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