God, grant me calm reflection
In the midst of all my busyness.
A string of tasks stretches out before me
Like a long and narrow bridge
Over turbulent waters
Which I must dare to cross.
Shrouded in fog lies the other side;
I cannot see where it will end,
Nor even if it will.
Give me strength to cross this bridge,
One step at a time,
And in the crossing not to let
The wind above or waves below,
Nor the length of my progress,
Steal my eyes from Thee.
May my steps not falter into old weaknesses,
Nor be stopped by stark adversity.
But carry me gently, faithfully,
In the patient practice
Of diligent obedience.
In all my tasks, Lord, great and small,
Make Thyself great in 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.