STEP BACK AND TAKE A LONG VIEW
“It helps now and then, to step back and take a long view…. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
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. We are prophets of a future not our own.”
– Excerpts from a prayer originally part of a homily by Father Ken Untener (named Bishop of Saginaw Michigan in 1980) written in 1979 for Cardinal Dearden, then quoted by Pope Francis in 2015. Thank you to Ray Sweany from First United Methodist Church for bringing this prayer to ISAAC meetings.