Aging/Dying Prayer

When the signs of age begin to mark my body

(and still more when they touch my mind);

when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off

strikes from without or is born within me;

When the painful moment comes

in which I suddenly awaken

to the fact that I am ill or growing old;

and above all at that last moment

when I feel I am losing hold of myself

and am absolutely passive within the hands

of the great unknown forces that have formed me;

in all these dark moments, O God,

grant that I may understand that it is You

(provided my faith is strong enough)

who are painfully parting the fibers of my being

in order to penetrate to the very marrow

of my substance and bear me away within Yourself.