We Are Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

We Are Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

September 3, 2013 by

While researching our earlier piece on church hero Oscar Romero I came across this poem. It’s often attributed to Romero but was actually written by Ken Untener, a Catholic bishop who served in Saginaw, Mich., until his death in 2004.

This poem summarizes the already-but-not-yet work of Oscar Romero. These words inspire me to communicate more boldly yet humbly. To not let what I cannot do stop me from doing what I can do. To write and speak despite fear. I hope they do the same for you. Go and do so with boldness.

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.


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Katie Strandlund

Katie Strandlund is a champion of dreamers, friend to artists, and encourager of creatives at heart. She is passionate about the intersection of big idea vision and practical strategy.
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