Here in Wisconsin signs of autumn surround us, the weather is cooler, leaves are beginning to turn, we bring in the final harvests. In that spirit, I offer the following prayer, for those in the autumn of their lives. It was found on the wall of a nursing home, author unknown.
Please grant my visitors tolerance of my confusion, forgiveness for my irrationality,
and strength to walk with me into the mist of memory my world has become,
Please help them take my hand and stay awhile, even though I seem unaware of their presence,
Help them to know how their strength and loving care will drift softly into the days to come,
just when I need it most,
Let them know that, when I don’t recognize them, I will ask them to keep their hearts free of sorrow for me - for my sorrow, when it comes, only lasts for a moment and then it is gone,
And finally, Lord, please let them know how very much their visits mean,
how, even through this relentless mystery, I can feel their love.
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