Teach us to be Rulers

God of love and humility, teach us to be rulers.

You created us to be priests, yes, and even rulers of the creation you have made--rulers to reflect your image into the world and priests to articulate the praise of your creation and reflect it back to you. But we cannot grasp what it really means to be priests as long as our concept of ruling is still so corrupted by the world's imperial patterns. So teach us to rule as you rule.

Teach us to rule by way of sacrifice, offering ourselves to the world as servants. Teach us to rule by way of forgiveness, loving our enemies and humbly refusing to hold their sins against them. Teach us to rule from a position of suffering, taking up the cross of goodness as a response to evil. And may we rule from a position of obedience, recognizing that yours is power and the glory forever. Amen.