An officer’s prayer
the spice box
by Sharon Robertson, Lt. Colonel –
Lord, teach me the difference
Between being an imitation Christ
And an imitator of Christ.
Teach me to be real, to be open,
To experience the hurt
Of a bitter, hurting world,
Without myself becoming bitter.
Teach me to love the unloved,
To reach out to the needy,
To preach forgiveness of sins,
And to practice what I preach.
Teach me to look to You for guidance,
Rather than to my own training
And to talk over every decision with You.
Teach me to see myself as a channel,
Through which your love can flow
And not as a “doer of good.”
Teach me to know you better,
That I may pattern my life
After your example, and so live
That others might look at me,
And see You.