Where are the leaders?

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There are so many people of influence in our world, Jesus,
    Those with loud voices and deep pockets,
        those with large lives and wide networks.
    But, where are the leaders?

As we struggle to keep our broken humanity
        from splintering into countless irreparable fragments;
    As we wrestle with our greed and arrogance,
        our ignorance and short-sightedness,
        our violence and coldness,
        our carelessness and narcissism,
    Where are the leaders?

Raise up for us, O God, leaders worthy of the name,
    men and women who like Christ
        are unafraid of challenge,
        unashamed of serving,
        and unattached to their own personal gain;
    men and women who like Christ
        call to the best within us,
        and then lead the way.

And, in our own small spheres, God,
    may we be the leaders we seek.


John van de Laar,  South African Methodist worship minster


Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

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