The Steward’s Prayer

I know that God’s kingdom is not only beyond my
effort, but also beyond my vision.
I will accomplish in my lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing I do will be complete,
just another way of saying
the Kingdom lies beyond us.

So this is what I am all about:
I plant seeds that one day will grow.
I water seeds that are already planted, knowing that
they hold future promise.
I lay foundations that will need the future effort
provided by others.
I will bring the yeast that will produce effects that
stretch beyond my capabilities.

I cannot do everything
and there seems to be a sense of liberation
in realizing that.
It enables me to do something
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step
along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to
enter in and do the rest!

I may never see the end results, but
there is a difference
between the Master builder and the worker.
I am a worker, not a master builder; a minister,
not a messiah.
I am a prophet of a future not my own.

Amen.

(Adopted from a prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero, killed in San Salvador in 1980)
Thank you, OLGC! — For I totally ganked this from your bulletin! 🙂

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