7/19/10

Monday Morning Offering - 102


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Good morning, good God!

In the gospel yesterday, Lord, you spoke to Martha
who was anxious and worried about many things...

Lord, so many people cross my path
and share with me their worries and anxieties...

- Folks are anxious about keeping a job
or losing a job or finding a job
or finding a second job to make ends meet...

- Others worry about their health
or that of family and friends who are sick...

- Some are anxious about their past,
others about their future
and some about the problems of the day...

- Some worry that they worry too much
about the small things
and some worry that they worry too little
about things that really matter...

- Some folks are anxiously anticipating bad news
that may never arrive
and others worry that good news
will never come their way...

- Some have worries they've carried all their lives
and others are anxious about things
that happened this morning...

- Some are worried about being anxious...

- And sometimes I'm the one who's worrying, Lord,
anxious about things over which I'm powerless
or failing to worry enough about things within my grasp...

This morning I lift up, I offer you, Lord,
the restlessness, the worries and anxieties,
of us all...

Help us place in your hands
any problems too large for us to carry in our own...

Teach us to trust that you're with us
especially when we worry
that you've forgotten we're here...

Teach us to hope in your word and your promise
when we don't know where to turn,
when we're not sure where the road before us leads...

Help us to let go what we needn't hold on to,
to hold fast to what keeps us close to you...

Remind us, Lord,
that whatever troubles us:
this too shall pass...

Remind us, Lord,
that all shall be well, all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well...

Remind us, Lord,
not to worry about tomorrow,
that tomorrow will take care of itself...

We offer you our worries and anxieties,
our cares, problems and burdens,
and the restlessness of our restless hearts...

Remind us, Lord,
that our hearts are restless until they rest in you...

And give us patience, Lord, with one another:
help us to understand
how great might be the burdens and pain
others hold in their minds and hearts,
in their flesh and bone...

Help us generously carry our neighbors' burdens, Lord,
and help us graciously accept our neighbors' offers
to help in carrying ours...

All this we offer you in prayer, Lord,
this morning, this day and all this week...

Amen.


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3 comments:

Concord Carpenter said...

Good morning to you CP!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Yes, I will say that a problem, a dozen times! I am very worried about something life-threateningly dangerous I have to do, to the point of needing to take those feelings to confession, where the priest, young but wise, told me that those kinds of worries do not come from God. That helped. Still, I need reminding and will need reminding until it is over and done with -- or unless God shuts the door to my doing it. It is in His hands, and I have been unable to discern His will, so I must keep on the path I am on until or unless He steers me differently. Your prayer reminds me that these are not my worries; these are His worries. I need only to be concerned about my relationship with Him; it is His job to be concerned about me.

Anonymous said...

I have been feeling so sad and a couple of lines of a poem (I think one of Edna St. Vincent Millay's) have been running through my head.

"Life must go on.
I forget just why."

Your MMO has helped me see that I must turn my sadness (my worries) over to God.

Thank you.

Rosemary