A Prayer For Those Growing Old

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LORD, you know I am growing older. 
Keep me from becoming talkative and
possessed with the idea that I must 
express myself on every subject. 

Release me from the craving to 
straighten out everyone'saffairs. 
Keep me from the recital of endless detail. 
Give me wings to get to the point. 

Seal my lips when I am inclined to 
tell of my aches and pains. 
They are increasing with the years 
and my love to speak of 
them grows sweeter as time goes by. 

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally 
I may be wrong. Make me thoughtful but not nosey; 
helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom
and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all. 
But You know, LORD, that I want a few 
friends at the end.