Prayer for the Future

God has created me
to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have a mission-
I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good, I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,
while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I trust in Him.
Whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity,
my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow,
my sorrow may serve Him.  My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow
may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He
may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide in the future from me,
still he knows what He is about.


Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)