Take me and break me and make me, dear God,
just what you want me to be.
Give me the strength to accept what You send
and the eyes with the vision to see
All the small, arrogant ways that I have
and the vain little things that I do.
Make me aware that I'm often concerned
more with myself than with You.
Uncover before me my weakness and greed
and help me to search deep inside
So I may discover how easy it is
to be selfishly lost in my pride.
And then in Thy goodness and mercy,
look down on this weak, erring one
And tell me that I am forgiven
for all I've so willfully done,
And teach me me to humbly start following
the path that the dear Savior trod
So I'll find at the end of life's journey
a home in the city of God.
-Helen Steiner Rice