We pray this poem written by the late Ken Untener in remembrance of Oscar Romero:*

A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another 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 include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
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 we who have prepared this website, who read this website and build upon this burgeoning ministry, may these words be true of us.  May we be your workers in and for your Kingdom, Lord.  May you use the limited work of our minds, our mouths and our hands to affect a future, that is not our own, but one that is indeed and always wholly yours.

To you, Lord, be all the glory, honor and power.

In Jesus name,
Amen

 

*This poem is also known as “The Prayer of Oscar Romero.”

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