Help me to be vulnerable
in a world so concerned with power.
Help me to be simple
in surroundings that are so complicated.
Help me to be forgiving
in a society where revenge
and retaliation create so much pain.
Help me to be pure of spirit
in a milieu that desires so many riches and aspires to so much success.
I come to you with an open heart,
asking that I may trust
in the gifts you have given me and may have the courage
to take risks in your service.
I do not know where you will lead me.
I do not know where I will be
two, five, or ten years from now.
I do not know the road ahead of me,
but I know now that you are with me
to guide me and that wherever you lead me,
even where I would rather not go,
you will bring me closer to my true home.
Thank you, Lord, for my vocation,
and for the hope that you have planted in my heart.
Adapted from Henri Noumen