Slow Down

My daughter Kelley sent me the following poem:

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 the 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.

As I grow older I feel as though I am running out of time. Kelley’s poem reminds me that I need to slow down and reset in the Lord.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. “Reset with the Lord”. I like the way you have expressed this. Certainly, time is tissue fragile…fleeting. Casting oneself completely and totally upon, The Rock of Ages, which cannot be shaken, offers direction, focus, hope, and a joyous anticipation of eternal time which knows no end. How simple and yet demanding to, “reset” through faith and surrender to His words, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved”. “ Come unto Me all ye who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you peace.” The Chosen films, offer a picture into the humanity of Christ. Blessings, Keren (granddaughter of Pearl and Leonard Hart of Prescott, Ak.

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