On Thursday I was having lunch with a good friend here in Missoula who just happens to be one of the pastors of the PCUSA church (the denomination that our denomination broke from back in the early 70’s). I deeply respect this man and what he is trying to do with his church here in Missoula. He pastors the church that Norman Maclean’s dad (A River Runs Through It) pastored. It’s an understatement to say it has a lot of history.

He mentioned a prayer by Richard Foster that he then proceeded to quote to me. It’s an amazing prayer, especially the end:

Today, O Lord, I yield myself to You.
May Your will be my delight today.
May You have perfect sway in me.
May your love be the pattern of my living.
I surrender to You my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions.
Do with them what You will, when You will, as You will.
I place into Your loving care my family, my friends, my future.
Care for them with a care that I can never give.
I release into Your hands my need to control, my craving for
status, my fear of obscurity.

Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish Your Kingdom on
earth.
For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

He mentioned that the parts in bold just nail him. And they nail me too. I want to be anything but obscure. I will do anything to be important and successful at what I do. And so I will continue to echo these words by Foster…like my PCUSA friend I might just memorize this prayer!

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