God did not call us to succeed

May our faithfulness and love inspire hope.

Acorns

God did not call us to succeed,
God called us to serve.

God did not call us to win,
God called us to work.

God did not call us to live long,
God called us to live for Him.

God did not call us to be happy,
God called us to be hopeful.

God did not call us to fame,
God called us to faith.

God did not call us to seek power,
God called us to seek peace.

God did not call us to loot the earth and each other,
God called us to love our earth and each other.

O God take our tiny acorns of service and
turn them into towering oak trees of hope.

A prayer of Marian Wright Edelman in  Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995

The opening lines of this prayer by Marian Wright Edelman help to calm and center me when I’m caught up in believing that I must succeed. I find great hope in using this prayer when feeling overwhelmed or insignificant. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Image: ChurchArt Online

Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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