Lord, grant to this poor under-shepherd,
Entrusted to care for your Kingdom flock,
The discernment to see our spiritual wounds,
The wisdom to know how to treat them,
And the courage to carry it through.
Lord, grant to this poor under-shepherd
The humility to submit to your Spirit
When you speak through your Word, your flock,
And the holy wisdom of tradition.
May I bear a heart that rises not to the defense
Of my own embattled pride,
But accepts from you the toilsome grace
Of being a servant of the Servant of All.
Let me attend, O Lord,
To the steps of my Shepherd,
And may the path I follow
Bear more of him
Than it does of me.
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.