Aussie, Old Age

An Old Man’s Song

What else can I do, a weak old man, but sing hymns of joy to you God? If I were a magpie, I would do it the magpie’s way. If I were a brolga, I would do it with elegant dance. But I am a thinker, so I will praise God not just with my lips but with mind and…

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In Need Or Trial, Old Age

A Nun’s Prayer About Growing Old

Lord, you know (better that I know) that I am growing older. Keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to…

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Aussie, Old Age

A Prayer By Mary McKillop (1871)

In you, O God, I take shelter let me never be disappointed. In your justice, rescue me, deliver me. Turn your ear to me and save me! Be mine, O mountain of strength! Send your decree – deliver me, for you are my rock, my fortress! For you alone are my hope, God my sovereignI have trusted you since my…

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Dying & Loss, Old Age

‘Abide With Me’ by Henry F. Lyte

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide; When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see— O Thou who changest not, abide…

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