O God, no matter how good a job I have how good I do it how much I make how credible I am how steeped in its culture I am how loving a family I have how much insurance I have how good a citizen I am I cannot secure myself from life's capriciousness and dangers, for tomorrow I could have a crippling auto accident I could wake up with cancer My company could fail One of my children die My spouse could leave me War and holocaust could come. Yet I try harder and harder every day, making more money buying a bigger home buying more insurance working harder accumulating more power rising above others securing myself from the troubles of others until I am exhausted and burned out, and all I have left are the idols I have made of job, family, and home -- and so goes the vicious cycle of self-saving broken only by faith in You: faith that if my spouse calls me, I can drop everything and come that if I see a wrong, I will speak out that I will step off my journey to heed Your call. And know that You will make it alright. Amen.
©1988, John A. Mills