“Slow Me Down Lord”


Dear Reader:

Yesterday at church a prayer was given following the  ‘Joys and Concerns’ portion of the service. I found myself  listening tentatively because I remembered hearing that prayer/poem somewhere before. It was exactly what I needed to hear at that precise moment. It was like water to a desert traveler.

Take a few minutes to ‘slow down‘ and read each paragraph of the prayer because with the Advent of Christmas upon us…(with a lot of different kinds of waiting about to appear)…I suspect we all need to immerse ourselves in the powerful and truthful words of this prayer.

“Slow Me Down Lord”

(Alfred Peterson)

“Slow me down Lord”

Ease the pounding of my heart

By the quieting of my mind
Steady my hurried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.

Give me amidst the confusion of my day
The calmness of the everlasting hills
Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles
With the soothing music of the singing streams
That live in my memory.

Help me to know
The magical restoring power of sleep
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations
Of slowing down to look at a flower
To chat with a friend
To pat a dog
To read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me each day of the fable
Of the hare and the tortoise
That I may know that the race
Is not always to be swift
That there is more to life
Than measuring speed.

Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.

Slow me down Lord
And inspire me to send my roots
Deep into the soil
Of life’s enduring values
That I may grow towards the stars
Of my enduring destiny.



I shot the photo of the giant oak in my across-the-street neighbor’s yard….and guess who burst into bloom today….”Big Red!” I, not only took time, to look at the flower…the blooms…but also to have a chat and congratulate my faithful floral friend on its continued support and perseverance.

In tomorrow’s post we will “slow down” long enough to bring in the Advent season (with the start of our new month) focusing on the different kinds of waiting.…some more negative, some more positive, and then the very special kind of waiting…the “delicious, shivery kind!”

So until tomorrow…Take a deep breath, slow down, and get your roots nestled all deep in the ground….your values safe from cold winds and unexpected turns in our paths.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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1 Response to “Slow Me Down Lord”

  1. Sis Hagen Kinney says:

    Good Monday morning Becky!

    Enjoyed today’s post, especially the poem/prayer! It is SO relevant and also something that I personally needed! I try to remember this when our dog (nearly 16-months – shepherd/golden or collie mix) (rescued in late Aug.) comes over to me when I’m trying to do my morning meditations and wants to play or just be acknowledged. She’s a real “love-muffin” and just wants attention! Also need to just slow down in this wonderful Advent season; Christmas WILL come, but we don’t need to hurry it along!

    Wanted to ask you something personal, so I’m going to email you separately.

    Love you,


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