Sunday, December 19, 2010

leaving room for God

skye jethani posts this prayer that is attributed to Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador. He was assassinated in 1980 while saying the mass in San Salvador.)

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. 

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