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: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.
- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.
- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.
- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.