When we walk across the yard, we know there is earth below us. We even know something about what that earth contains. We do not, however, know everything that is down there; we do not understand everything that lies below us.
As we walk through our lives, we know there are many factors, influences, circumstances, and choices as well as much history, genetics, accident, and providence below us, all of which helps to direct and to determine the ways we live. We are aware of some of it and we may even understand some of it. But we neither know nor understand nearly all of it.
Keep us aware, O God, that much lies below us so that we will not fall prey to the carelessly prideful attitude that we are the masters of our own fate.
Help us understand, O God, as much as we can about what lies below us so that we will not fall prey to a thoughtless judgmentalism that causes us to be too hard on others for the way they are or on ourselves for the way we are.
Make us active, O God, in processing what lies below us as much as we can so that we will not fall prey to the defeatist attitude that we have no choice in current matters.
Above all else, O God, give us faith and grace to know that you were, are, and will be present and active in all that lies below us.