A Bowler's Prayer
I ask God's blessing, as I bowl,
That He, my game will bless.
I ask not for a higher score
But strength to do my best.
I ask, that I might concentrate
On fundamental things.
So I'll achieve consistency
That only practice brings.
That He will still my shakiness,
And dry my sweaty palm;
That He will grant me confidence,
And give me peace and calm.
But more than this, help me to show
More friendliness and love;
For I know my strength and confidence,
Is a gift from God, above.
by Ray Prillwitz
A Bowler’s Prayer
May we always be strong in our purpose
of living by the rules of the game.
May we accept the 10 frames of your commandments,
not only as a challenge, but as an opportunity
to distinguish ourselves in your service.
May we choose for ourselves a lane through life,
which is straight and true.
May our grip on ourselves be a firm one.
May we tow the line of all our obligations.
May our approach to life be smooth and steady.
May there be no split between you and me.
O' Lord, whether you strike or spare me,
give me the strength like your servant Job,
to praise your Holy name and when you come O' Lord,
to check the final score sheet,
may it find a winner in this tournament of life,
whose praise is as rich so that all of us may share it.