7/29/12

Monday Morning Offering - 202


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 Good morning, good God!

O Lord, there are so many good people in my life:
so many caring, loving, generous, selfless folks
who give of themselves for others
as naturally as the rest of us breathe in and out...

Some folks, Lord, seem born to give:
   always ready to pitch in, to help out, to volunteer,
   to step up to the plate and to go the extra mile,
never counting the cost to themselves,
   sharing graciously with others...

I offer you my thanks, Lord,
for those who are the first to say yes, cheerfully so,
and the last to go home, making sure all is done
and that all is done well…

Just this past week, Lord, so many good people
touched my days with their generous spirit,
lightened my load with their helping hands
and were there by my side
just when I needed them…

I offer you my thanks, Lord,
for those who are always there,
who find and make the time to serve the needs of others,
so many of whom might never know who:
   volunteered and came to the meetings to make the plans,
   wrote the emails, made the calls,
   readied the handouts, did the work, arrived an hour early,
   opened the doors, turned on the lights, made the coffee,
   set up the chairs, set the tables, prepared the refreshments,
   handled the problems, heard the complaints, took the grief
and stayed an extra hour to clean up the mess
left by those they just served…

I lift up my prayer, Lord, for those who offer
generous hours of gracious care, patient listening,
broad shoulders, understanding eyes, strong arms,
skillful hands and a heart that’s open all day long,
no matter how heavy its own burdens and cares…

I offer you my thanks, Lord, 
for those who work and help and volunteer
   in parishes and schools, in neighborhoods and towns,
   in food pantries and soup kitchens,
   in hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers,
   in sports and scouts and children's groups...

I offer you my thanks, Lord,
   for all who in so many ways reach out 
      to those who are alone, in need and in trouble...

I offer you my prayer, Lord,
for those who do the thankless tasks
and seek no thanks themselves:
   keep them in my mind and heart
   that I never presume upon their kindness
   nor take their generous spirit for granted...

Some folks, Lord, seem born to give
but all of us are called to give
as generously as those who freely so fully 
of their time, their gifts,
of the treasure of their talents…

As I am served by others, Lord,
make me their servant, too:
called to give, to share with all
from all you’ve given me…

As others cross my path this week,
make me mindful of their needs
and all the ways that I might offer them
my heart, my hand, my help
to make it through another day…

I offer you my thanks, Lord,
for the caring, loving, selfless folks
who lighten my load, share my burdens
and reveal in their generous love
the love you have for all…

Amen.

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