A Collect to Avoid Fascination with Earthly Status

High King of Heaven, who is enthroned over all things for you made them in your power, keep us from being enamored with our own status or the status of others, knowing that our lives are in your hand and all power is given and taken at your command, that we would be awed instead by your eternal authority to rule over all things as you deem good, through Jesus Christ our savoir. Amen. ‘It is he who … brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.’ – Isa. 40:22-24