Posted by: mhirdyounger | September 3, 2012

Driver’s Prayer

Lord, the motor under me is running hot.

Lord, there are twenty-eight people and lots of luggage in the truck. Underneath are my bad tires. The brakes are unreliable. Unfortunately, I have no money and parts are difficult to get.

Lord, I did not overload the truck.

Lord, “Jesus is mine” is written on the vehicle, for without him I would not drive a single mile. The people in the back are relying on me. They trust me because they see the words: ‘Jesus is mine’.

Lord, I trust you! First comes the straight road with little danger, I can keep my eyes on the women, children and chickens in the village. But soon the road begins to turn, it goes up and down, it jumps and ances, this death-road to Kumasi. Tractors carrying mahogany trunks drive as if there were no right or left.

Lord, Kumasi is the temptation to take more people than we should. Let’s overcome it! The road to Accra is another problem. Truck drivers try to beat the record, although the road is poor and has many holes and there are many curves before we come to the hills. And finally to Akwasim.

Passing large churches in every village I am reminded of you, and in reverence I take off my hat. Now downhill in second gear.

A prayer written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu about a Trotro Driver



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