To learn, and yet to learn, whilst life goes by,
So pass the student's days;
And thus be great, and do great things, and die,
And lie embalmed with praise.
My work is but to lose and to forget,
Thus small, despised to be;
All to unlearn,, this task before me set;
Unlearn all else but Thee.
-Gerhard Tersteegen, The Task
O Jesus, you said "One thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part (Luke 10:42a)." And Mary was sitting at Thy feet and hearing Thy word wholeheartedly.
You have walked the way of disgrace, poverty and humility. And the servant is not greater than his lord. So, Lord, make us even smaller. Help us to pass through the narrow gate and to live a life pouring our whole beings into this one thing needful. Amen.