Wednesday, November 09, 2005

when i woke up in paris. when i watched old women mend clothing in nicaragua. when i left home for philadelphia. when i work with kids that leave us, and there is weighted unsurity whether we will see them again. with families of their own or maybe in jail. when i woke up in another city with its own struggles and social gaps and poverty and hurt, too great for one, or many...this thought from romero stays, alway nearby, so that i will not forget...

Prayer of Archbishop Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fractionof the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of sayingthat the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberationin realizing that.
This enables us 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 the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the differencebetween the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.


At 3:17 PM, Blogger SilverGryphon said...

with such a push and strive from our culture to be the best you can be, and ultimately be the best there is -- thank you for sharing this prayer. I see glimpses of the ultimate end of what I'm involved in, and I get discouraged when I look at the road to travel to get from point A to B. Yet I'm too frightened to step forward in faith when I don't see the whole road ahead of me.

Hebrews 12:1-3
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


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