SLOW ME DOWN LORD

by Wilferd Arlan Peterson submitted by Shaun Butler
(Swindon, UK)

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.

From Butterworth Church service 6th March 2011: Minister, Sandra Wylie

Love and God Bless, Shaun Butler

Note from webmaster of a-spiritual-journey-of-healing.com, Katherine T Owen

Who wrote Slow me Down Lord?

This Slow Me Down Lord poem / prayer previously appeared here with the wrong author.

According to Wikipedia, the poem, Slow me Down Lord, is written by Wilferd Arlan Peterson. This American author published 9 books and wrote for "Science of Mind" magazine.
He wrote regularly about the Art of Living and with his wife Ruth collaborated on inspirational writing, essays and poems.

I am still unsure of who wrote Slow Me Down Lord. Further on this thread you will see a suggestion from a visitor that this beautiful prayer poem was written by Holborn.

Click here for Psalm 91 as a prayer for peace of mind

Click here for a prayer to be Rooted in God


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Jan 27, 2014
SLOW ME DOWN LORD
by: Ann

I am sorry it took me so long to get back to you, Katherine. All I know is that I was given this prayer by my Vicar in 1954 and I wrote it down in my child's hand at the time. He gave me the author's name as Holborn. I also believe he told me this prayer/poem was quite old but I have no dates. Do you have any idea when this Wilfred Peterson was born or if he is still alive?

Note from Katherine T Owen:

Thank you Ann.
According to Wikipedia!!
Wilferd Arlan Peterson (1900–95) was an American author.

Jan 05, 2014
Who wrote Slow Me down Lord?
by: Ann

This very old poem/ prayer, Slow Me Down, Lord , was written by Holborn and NOT (as claimed) by the American, Peterson.

Note from Katherine T Owen:

Thank you Ann,
If you can provide a link or tell us more about Holborn, that would be great. I have just rechecked and the prayer poem does seem to be ascribed to Peterson.

May 23, 2013
Loved this Slow me Down Lord prayer for years
by: Anonymous

This beautiful prayer/poem and also Marianne Williamson's "Our Deepest Fear" both helped me to kick alcohol addiction two years ago.

Whenever I would feel my usual self-loathing coming back, I would recite these beautiful prayers and instead of taking a drink, I found myself feeling better.

Not saying that that is all it takes or that it was easy or that the sobriety will always last, but I pray that it will.

I still recite these prayers in my mind.

Also, I send my prayers out to the Oklahoma tornado victims and survivors of 5/20.

From the Ed: Beautiful comment. For anyone interested......move to read about the author Mal Duane’s journey with AA spirituality to overcome addiction

Nov 10, 2011
An unlikely drug poem
by: Katherine T Owen

Dear Anonymous,

How wonderfully improbable that such a prayer to find our sustenance and peace in God should be used by those seeking to escape the world for a while through drug use.

I pray their prayer is answered. May we find God within the small things of the everyday and lose our reliance on those other things that bring us only a temporary and unsatisfactory peace.

God bless them and us.
Katherine

Nov 10, 2011
poem has history
by: Anonymous

This poem has long been associated with the marijuana culture. Been around and used as a a paean to grass since the 60's. Not that that bothers me. Just thought you'd all like to know...

Mar 17, 2011
I've been working on it.
by: Anonymous

Enjoyed the poem and took to heart the good advice. Jane

Mar 17, 2011
Good advice
by: Floriana Hall

Very profound poem that says it all. As one gets older, the slowing down is easier. However, everyone should take time to smell the flowers and appreciate and enjoy each day.

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