GOD,  GRANT ME SMILES

                            Rising from the joys
                                    of my own heart
                                                          but
                            Don't let me wander far 
                                      from cheeks wet by tears 
                                               born of the troubles 
                                                                  of others 

God, grant me peace
          out of the contentment
                of my own soul 
                                    but 
          Don't let me stray long
                    from a chillbumped spine 
                                because others
                                                     are at war

God, grant me laughter
          from an awareness of how ridiculous 

                    it is to be human
                                           but
           Don't let me get away
                     from the sobering knowledge
                               of how tragic it is 
                                               not to be

God, grant me happiness
          born of a calm heart, good digestion,
                   and a head in the wind
                                                     but
          Don't let sadness stray
                    more than a heart beat away
                                                   from anybody's heartbeat

God, grant me knowledge
          as the first fruit
                 of my own experience
                                                 but
          Don't ever let pride 
                    blind me to the depth
                                               of my real ignorance

God, grant me life
                          but
          keep me knowing
                                      it is off Thee

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(From: GRANT FATHER: PRAYERS) 
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