Words to Live By
Self-confession…on the surface, this won’t seem like a blog regarding stewardship.
“A Step Along the Way” are words we live by at my house. Affixed to our refrigerator door, the words of this prayer written by Archbishop Oscar Romero have been our daily prayer for the last few years.
At some point, my wife, Pam, stumbled across the writings of Archbishop Oscar Romero. She handed the prayer to me and said, “You need to close your last campaign leadership team meeting with these words.” I have followed her “mandate” ever since.
A little back story —- Romero served as a parish priest for decades in the poor rural areas of El Salvador. Just a few months after his selection as the Archbishop, his good friend and fellow priest, Father Grande, an organizer of the poor, was assassinated by a death squad. Romero was dramatically changed and revealed an activism not noted before as he began to speak out against the injustices and oppression suffered by the poor.
He gave weekly sermons broadcast via radio that spoke to the persecution of the poor and the killing of priests who served the poor. He advocated for the release of political prisoners and identification of those who had “disappeared.”
As a result of his actions, he was shot and killed by an unidentified assassin in March of 1980 while celebrating mass. His funeral mass was attended by an estimated quarter of a million people.
Here is an excerpt from his prayer:
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.
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.
Words to live by!
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