Help us to be faithful today, O God, in the particulars.
It is one thing, after all, to say that we are committed to our work; it is quite another to be faithful in this particular task.
It is one thing to say that we honor our family; it is quite another to respect our spouse or to nurture our child in this particular situation.
It is one thing to say that we serve you with our lives; it is quite another to give ourselves up in this particular crisis.
It is one thing to say that we love everybody; it is quite another to love the person standing in front of us in this particular moment.
Deliver us, O God, from an easy faithfulness in the generalities; help us to live out a difficult faithfulness in the particulars.