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Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 9/3

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all my pet peeves, Lord,
and possibly some I have not but found!

the little issues that others do this
    tick me off, 
    mild my fuse,
    grind my gears
    and push my buttons…
the issues that 
    irritate and worsen,
    exasperate, infuriate,
    debilitate and agitate
               – me –
                as if 
                – I –
had been the middle of the universe,
to be dealt with with child gloves,
‘specifically in the case of issues,
the little issues that grate on me 
and on my approach of doing issues
and on my of claiming issues 
and on my mind-set
about how all issues ought to go…
My pet peeves, Lord:
    my bugbears, my private vexations, 
    my petty hang-ups,
    my presumptions and obsessions 
reveal me as 
    demanding and self-centered,  
    egocentric and immodest,
    overbearing, smug and pompous…
So, assist me see my pet peeves, Lord,
for what they typically are: 
conceited assumptions about how the world could be
if solely I had made it,
if solely God had been me…
 
Relieve me of the notion, Lord, 
that my approach’s at all times greatest,
that my first thought is good,
that my approach is the one approach,
that I’m at all times proper…

 

Make me humble, Lord, and modest,
accepting of my neighbors’ ideas, 
respectful of their other ways
of doing issues and saying issues, the little issues 
from which I’ve a lot to be taught…
Let no small issues come between
my neighbor and myself
for after they do, then clearly, Lord,
they arrive twixt you and me…
Amen.

  

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