Prayer of the Immature

If with maturity comes bitterness,

If it brings an unwillingness to change,
the wisdom of the fool who claims to simply know,

If this maturity causes one to reject the
madness that we all in some way carry with us,

And if this maturity brings with it the realization that life is temporary,
that relationships are temporary,
that we are mortal,
and if these realizations cause the heart to become a stone above the struggling seed,
fear of the joyful and courageous pain,

If I can no longer laugh or
cry,
think,
dream,
fellowship,

then dear God,

Grant that I may remain a child forever!

(7/22/89)

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