When I was going through my old files and pitching my old bills and receipts (see below), I came across this prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero. I am not even sure where I originally got it. And why I’ve kept it all these years. Perhaps I got it and have saved it simply to share it with you today …
The title of the prayer is A Prayer of Those Who Minister to God’s People. However, to me, much of it applies to the work of mothers. After all, our role as mothers is to minister to God’s people—His children, our children. Is it not? So, I thought I’d post an excerpt of the prayer here as a bit of encouragement for all the moms out there.
May God continue to bless you in your vocation; for all the sacrificial work you are doing to love your children so much; and for raising your children as best you can to know, love and serve the Lord … Amen!
It helps now and then,
to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only
beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise
that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying that
the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
This is what we are about:
We plant 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 effects 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 God’s grace to enter
and do the rest.