Dear God, so many souls around me that I admire. They seem so much closer to you, so much less selfish than I am, so much more kind. I keenly feel my shortcomings.
Lord, your lessons escape me at times like these. So dismayed at my own lack of progress, I can barely find you. Cares of the world crowd out my connection with you. I compete. I strive. I grasp.
Lord, take away these ruinous attitudes. They lead me away from you.
Let me move toward you, O Lord. Let me seek you. Let me depend upon you absolutely, in all the implications of such dependence. Let me turn my entire will over to you. Let my vision narrow until you are all I see.