I, like many of us, am having a daily walk to get my exercise during this period of social isolation and lockdown.
I, as others have found this is a chance to slow down and to look at and appreciate the natural beauty of creation and to be reminded that God has made all this for us all to enjoy. But in the last few days the story of the two disciples on the way to Emmaus has resonated with me and I have thought that like them I am accompanied on my walk by the risen Lord helping me to appreciate what He has done for us. This walk with the Lord is a chance to slow down, reflect and appreciate and reminds me of a reflection which I saw in Killarney Cathedral a few years ago:
Slow Me Down, Lord – Prayer
Slow me down, Lord, Slow me down!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind
Give me amid the confusion of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills
With soothing music of the singing stream
That live in my memory.
Help me to know the magical restoring power of sleep.
Teach me the art of taking a minute vacation
Of slowing down to look at a flower,
To chat with a friend, to pat a dog,
To read a few lines of 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-
There is more to life than increasing speed.
Let me look upward into the branches of the flowing oak.
And know that it is 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 toward the stars of my great destiny.