I used to ask for things when I prayed.
I prayed for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.
I prayed for first place in the Spelling Bee.
I prayed for fame and fortune in Hollywood.
I prayed to marry some hot chick from TV.
I prayed to be able to travel to the great cities
of the world- London, Paris, Tokyo, Rome.
I prayed for the bright lights of Broadway.
I prayed for a big mansion with a swimming pool.
I prayed for more things, like a black Corvette.
My prayers have changed so much since I was a boy.
Decades later, I stopped asking for things in my prayers.
Instead I pray to thank God for my health, my job,
my little house, my education, and a car that works.
I thank him for my loving wife, an exceptional son,
and for never having to go without a meal or drink.
I thank him for a couple of weeks at the beach,
so that I may sit for a while and look at the ocean.
I thank him for a week in the mountains with my boy,
for the moments when we stop take a deep breath.
I thank him for my big brown chair, gray sweatshirts,
books that come in the mail and Willie Nelson songs.
I thank the Lord for sunny days and baseball games
with cold beers and cheese steaks with fried onions.
And now that I think about it, there is one thing
that I do ask for when I pray-I ask for time, more time
to be here with my family to enjoy all I’ve been given.