In over six decades of serving as a minister, I have been gifted with hundreds of cartoons, poems, reprints, and sometimes humorous — sometimes inspirational writings. I dearly wish I had written down on each one of them the name and address of the thoughtful person who had shared it with me. Especially would I like to send a word of thanks to whomever sent me the following “prayer.” It is one that struck me this week with special poignancy. ‘Just bet some of you can identify with it as well. Here goes.

Lord, tonight I’m boxed in; the two-way door in my giving life has slammed shut in my face. There is no way I can be everything to everybody. I am stretched out too many ways. I am weary, and in my fatigue I am making mistakes.

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