A Prayer For All Who Care

For those of us who care about justice in this world… sometimes a little too much… I want to offer you this prayer I read about a year ago.  In a fit of righteous anger I was reminded that truly, justice is not my battle to fight.  It’s my job to help and do whatever I can to serve the least of these, it’s my job to think strategically and strive for sustainability and yada, yada, yada… but it’s my job to love, not to be Saviour.

Archbishop Oscar Romero reflects this freedom with a prayer:

 
“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 fraction
Of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
That 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 liberation
In 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 difference
Between the master builder and the worker.
 
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
 
We are prophets of a future not our own.”
 

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 3/13/12)

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3 Comments

  1. James

     /  April 5, 2012

    Thank you for bringing faith to the discussion. It’s heartbreaking to see so much hurting (I follow several blogs written by trafficking survivors) without the hope or clarity or healing that comes from Christ alone. Thanks for sharing this, it will be helpful to a friend of mine who is struggling to find hope in our overwhelming world.

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  2. A Recklessly Reconciled Wreck

     /  March 26, 2012

    We all have parts to play. We’re here for a reason. Fun to catch a glimpse of another character in this grand redemption story…to hear God orchestrate one more line of the glorious symphony. See you in the final chapter!

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  3. Nik

     /  March 15, 2012

    I’M HANGING THAT PRAYER ON MY WALL. THANK YOU!

    Reply

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