May all of your expectations be frustrated,
May all of your plans be thwarted,
May all of your desires be withered into nothingness,
That you may experience the powerlessness and poverty of a child, and can sing and dance in the love of God the Father.
A blessing from Larry Hine, Brennan Manning’s spiritual director, delivered as the benediction at Manning’s ordination service. In J.R. Briggs. Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure