He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. - Aeschylus

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Praying with the Gospels: Your Good and Faithful Servant

Lord, you have given me a gift of many a talent,
entrusting me with Your divine treasures while
You descend to free the righteous dead in Sheol
and rise to new life before Your heavenly ascent.

Grant by Your grace, I pray, that I have the will
to overcome my fear of disappointing You when
You return so that I do not rush to bury talent in
the ground of my ego where it feeds only my Hell.

I long to invest Your gifts wisely so that I may be
a steward of Your love who has multiplied Your
love in the hearts of all the nations so that by Your
mercy, Your good and faithful servant I will be.

Parable of talents.jpg
By Unknown - A Woodcut from Historiae celebriores Veteris Testamenti Iconibus representatae, taken from http://www.textweek.com/art/parables.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=799591

Note: The parable of the talents from the Gospel of Matthew is the inspiration for this particular prayer, with the influence of the Apostles' Creed.

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