Sunday, July 14, 2013

Monday Morning Offering: JULY 15


Image: George Mendoza


On the morning after hearing the gospel of the Good Samaritan,
I thought it would be good to pray these words again... 

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 go the extra mile,
never counting the cost to themselves,
   sharing graciously, always, with others...

I offer you my thanks, Lord,
for those who are the first to say yes, cheerfully so,
and the ones who are 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,
others who might never know
   who volunteered and came to the meetings to make the plans;
   who wrote the emails, made the calls and readied the handouts;
   who did the work, arrived an hour early, opened the doors,
   turned on the lights and made the coffee;
   who 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 thank you, 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 may be…

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

I pray for those who do the thankless tasks:
   may I never presume upon their kindness
   nor take for granted their generous spirit...

Some folks, Lord, seem born to give
but all of us are called to give as generously as those who give so freely of their time, their gifts,
their treasure and 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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1 comment:

michelle said...

I thank you, Lord, for the people in my life who TODAY showed me so much caring and understanding and love...

TODAY-

when I needed it so much- because so much has happened-

thank you for giving me the strength I needed to do what I needed to do-
in the best way I could do it-

and thank you for ending the day with just a little more hope for tomorrow-
a very different kind of hope than any I have known before-

please be with me, Lord, this week, and please help me to be there for others as much as I can-

thank you.