Poem: “Forgive me, Lord, for praising me”


Forgive me, Lord, for praising me

the show-off, the classy
clown, the all-star player,
the sassy comeback,
the all-A everything,
who sometimes forgets
that praise belongs to You.

Forgive me,
Heavenly Father-Mother,
for seeking adulation
from others,
for people-pleasing
then performing poorly
because I didn’t follow the script –
the Holy Scriptures You gave.

Save me from myself, Lord!
Help my light to shine as a
spotlight focused on You alone –
a searchlight looking for You
in all things and, oh, and, oh!
hearing Your word, “Well-done!”

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2015


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  • Shira Garnett

    Lord, hear our prayers!