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Good morning, good God!
Feeling something of a backache this morning, Lord...
Well, maybe more a heartache than a backache -
but it's heartache brought on by a backpack
burdening my heart...
Some days that pack can be pretty heavy, Lord:
it holds my hurts and helplessness,
stores my grudges and discouragement,
straps on old anger and anxiety…
And my heart's pack has side pockets, Lord,
for keeping fears and tears close at hand,
easy to reach and rely on
when yesterday's pain seems easier
than today's demands
and tomorrow's promise...
My heart is bent over, Lord,
from the burden of my baggage
and this morning I want to offer you
this pack of my problems,
the weight of my worries,
this sack of sadness...
Help me let this pack slip with healing grace
from my heart's hunched shoulders…
Give me the courage to let go of it
for today, for an hour, for even a few minutes...
Let me know the lightness
of a heart unfettered by fears,
a mind delivered from doubt,
a soul surrendered and serene...
Give me the courage, Lord, to open my pack,
to offer and place in your hands
what I no longer need to carry,
what weighs me down,
what tires my soul,
what keeps me from joy...
I offer you my fears for you to calm them,
my worries for you to ease them,
my pain for you to heal it,
my sins for you to forgive me,
my hopelessness for you to refresh me:
help me believe, Lord,
in the light and peaceful heart
you desire and offer me in your love...
Lord, give me the grace
to let that backpack slip from my soul's shoulders
for today, for an hour, for a moment,
that I might stand and stretch and bask in the peace
of a heart lightened of its load...
And along my path this day, Lord,
help me to lighten the hearts of others,
trusting that in sharing each other's troubles
our burdens are halved, not doubled...
In your holy and sacred heart, O Lord,
I place my heart
and pray for your healing
and for hope...
Monday Morning Offerings Archive
Posted by Concord Pastor at 5:30 AM