A Collect to Escape Self-Centeredness

Almighty God, who created us to share in your joys, keep our hearts always open to the lives and needs of others, that we would escape becoming trapped by our own pleasures and concerned for no one but ourselves, our worlds so small as to revolve only around ourselves, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who became one of us in order to gather us into your kingdom with the Holy Spirit. Amen. “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool!’” – Luke 12:19-20