Yesterday we looked at some of the practicalities of following a mission: the structures and rules that make personal commitment possible. What are the personal qualities of a good missionary? I think this prayer, that springs from the Lord’s prayer, goes some way to defining them: confidence, idealism and love, but also closeness to the Father, so that his love will be visible to the world. May our hearts beat in time with the Lord’s!
Father in Heaven, God of men and women,
So far away and yet so near:
Give me the confidence of a child,
The idealism of a dreamer
And the love of a saint.
Let your name be in me and beside me.
Wherever I may be,
may your Kingdom Come:
A new world with heavenly colours.
Let me be an icon of your friendship.
And give to the heart of the world the rhythm of your heartbeat.
This prayer by Erwin Roosen appeared in the Dutch Dominicans’ website, ‘Preek van de Week’ on 28 July.