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By Peter O
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"I want you to do whatever will help you to serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible." 1 Corinthians 7:35


In prayer,

I lift anchor,

Leave my world's shore, and

Ship through the Open Sea --


My inward eyes

Sight Your World,

Long with desire, but

My day's world lures and

It's woo too often wins.


Distractions decoy and

Temptations bully --

They cheat my soul of You,

Starve my soul.

I listen

To my life's worries,

To my world's puzzles,

To my demon's drones,

And not You.

How cruel to my soul.


When I pray,

Steep my soul in grace

So not market to the hucksters

Of distraction and temptation.

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Submitted: Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.

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