Alan Creech & Litany of Humility

That others may be loved more than I, That others may be esteemed more than I, That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease, That others may be chosen and I set aside, That others may be praised and I unnoticed, That others may be preferred to me in everything, That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it…. Todd Heistand recently posted this short prayer, which I also needed to pray: Lord, you have given me much trouble… You have obligated me to decide if the Kingdom of God is what I truly desire, or if it’s just the Christian religion I really want after all.

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Alan Creech posted a prayer called the Litany of Humility this morning. Recently, I’m finding myself in a very weird place inwardly. When I try to think of a way to describe it, the phrase that comes to mind is “ecclesiological fatigue.” As I sort through it and understand it better, I may write about it.But in my state, I need to pray this prayer:

O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus.That others may be loved more than I,That others may be esteemed more than I,That in the opinion of the world, others may increase, and I may decrease,That others may be chosen and I set aside,That others may be praised and I unnoticed,That others may be preferred to me in everything,That others may become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. Amen.

Todd Heistand recently posted this short prayer, which I also needed to pray:

Lord, you have given me much trouble…You have obligated me to decide if the Kingdom of God is what I truly desire, or if it’s just the Christian religion I really want after all.Thank you.Good night Lord. Amen.  

Considering where I’m at, I think both prayers are going to work into my daily rhythm for a while.

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