Monday Morning Offering - 57

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Good morning, good God!

I'm getting ready to go on vacation, Lord,
and there's a lot of things I need to get done,
well, that I'd like to get done,
that I should get done
before I leave...

You know what I mean, Lord:
loose ends needing to be neatly tied;
unfinished tasks begging for completion;
stacks of papers praying for blessed order;
correspondents waiting for correspondence...

And more than all that, Lord,
there's my unfinished business with you:
prayers half-prayed, needing an Amen;
prayers not even half-begun
so much in need of time with you;
prayers sent up from half a heart
when all my heart is always what you ask...

There's not a moment, Lord,
of any day or night
when you haven't time for me;
not a moment when you wouldn't put aside
whatever you're doing to be at my side
with all the time in the world
just to listen to me
and to speak to me
a word from heart to heart,
from yours to mine...

Why am I so often so busy,
too busy to spend some time with you?

In these finally-summer days, Lord,
slow me down
and give me time for nothing to do
but be with you, to know again
that you're with me...

Help me put the brakes on
my merry-go-round-go-nowhere pace...
Slow me down, stop me in my tracks,
hold me still
and hold me...

Let a doldrum summer lull, calm and call me
to a place of peace, of prayer,
of meeting you again --
like bumping into an old friend,
on the streets of my vacation...

Find and meet me, Lord,
in the days of rest ahead...

Keep me mindful and prayerful, Lord,
of those who know the rough edges
of my unfinished work:
refresh me in these days away
and bring me back a better servant
of all whose hearts and hopes meet mine...

Good God of Monday mornings,
hear my prayer this day
and every day of my vacation...




  1. I just saw this quote in a book and I thought of your Monday Morning Offering...

    "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."

    -Lin Yutang

  2. great prayer for me too as i begin the 2nd week of vacation. i hope you ahve a great vacation. Everyone needs a break.

  3. "Find and meet me, Lord, in the days of rest ahead..."

    I wonder how many people begin their vacations with the desire to have the Lord find and meet them while on vacation. This in and of itself is a great prayer.

    May your vacation bring the much needed rest you deserve and may your wish that the Lord find and meet you be granted.



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