Jennifer and I first read this poem on Dr. Stoughton's blog during his time in Zimbabwe. It was initially attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero and more recently to Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw.
Not only does it seem appropriate for us during our time here in Guatemala but I think it speaks volumes to all of us where ever we may be on our journey with God.
During this Christmas season, when new beginnings are celebrated in the birth of Jesus, may we all find our "step along the way"
Peace and Love
Brent, Jennifer, Christopher, Elizabeth, Julianne and Nicholas
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 even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a 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 includes everything.
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.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
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.