This following is hard, Jesus;
I thought it would be easier somehow;
I didn’t count on all the direction and obedience;
I didn’t think that Your vineyard would be
where the work would be done
I didn’t understand that the benefits would be
for Your kingdom.
But, I’m learning.
And I’m seeing the need more than ever:
the poor who need someone to bring them good news,
along with food, shelter and sanitation;
the broken who need a healer to comfort them
and guide them to wholeness;
the oppressed and imprisoned who need justice and freedom
from the bonds that hold them;
the powerful who need prophets and teachers
to call them to account and call out the best within them;
the Earth that needs stewards
to nurture and protect it.
I need courage, Jesus, and humility,
to stay faithful to Your purpose;
to give my best, not for my own sake,
but for Yours – and that of those you love;
to labour in Your vineyard as though it were mine,
while refusing to keep the fruits only for myself.
Help me, Jesus.