It's got me thinking all day.
At Mass this morning, I was struck by the words of this hymn.
The lyrics kept playing themselves in my mind all day.
Flicking through channels in the hope of an update about a certain royal baby :-) I came across a church service where the congregation were singing a hymn.
You wouldn't believe which hymn...
I promised to pray for a young lady.
She is on the cusp of womanhood.
That means she will soon enter into the SMP.
Her father is educating her well. But he is quite rightly worried about her romantic future.
Cadders, this one is for your young daughter.
May she be the kind of woman that one day you would be immensely proud of.
The Servant King.
A servant who is also a king, or a king who serves?
This reminds me of a french phrase that a close family member uses a lot:
With nobility comes a lot of responsibility.
Kind of puts paid to the modern 'princess' who has all the rights and no responsibility, doesn't it?
The last verse of this hymn is the one that got most of my attention.
"So let us learn now to serve,
And in our lives enthrone Him
Each other's needs to prefer
For it is Christ we're serving."
I am not versed in Scripture. I can't quote Bible passages at will. Google is my friend when I need to find something in a hurry :-)
So for me it is nice to get a little titbit of wisdom handed to me on a plate, for free.
This hymn was one such gift for which I am grateful.
The last post about 'a new breed of woman' is a way to elevate my own ideals. But I realise it won't be possible without a supreme being's help.
In my world, I call this being 'God'.
Others may have a different word for Him.
It doesn't matter what we call Him.
If we learn how to serve, like Him, if we prefer each other's needs like Him, we would be well on the way to be what He designed for our eternal happiness, I am sure.
There are people who serve everyday, without even thinking about it. Kudos to these people. They are selfless and self-sacrificing, and they are a great example to follow.
This servant King, he has a number one fan.
She is his mother, the Servant Queen.
And she is like me, female.
But there endeth the similarity :-)
She is a cool role model to have, for every young woman.
If one has a difficult choice to make, one could try asking, 'would she do that?'
If the answer is yes, cool.
If it is no...
For sure, we would all never quite be like her.
For she was born without sin, and we were.
But our lives can be lived trying to imitate her, and other women like her.
Cadders, may your daughter strive to be like the mother of the Servant King all the days of her life.
At this point in her life when she is about to enter into an important phase, may she get all the good guidance that you (and her mother) have to offer.
The rest of us will support her with our good wishes, positive thoughts and prayers.