Monday Morning Offering: 5/1

Coffee in the Morning by George Mendoza

Good morning, good God!

A new week stretches before me, Lord:
and I pray you'll walk with me
every day, day by day...

I offer you the week ahead...

Keep me safe by your side,
day and night...

Be with me
from the moment I wake
until I wake again...

Slow me down, Lord,
when I go too fast...

Give me strength to do well
the things I really need to accomplish
and give me the wisdom to lay aside
the cares I needn't carry,
the burdens I needn't bear...

Lighten the burdens that are, indeed, mine
and help me ask for and accept
the help that others offer...

Amid the worries of this week, Lord,
calm my fears,
lift my spirits,
and give me rest...

Keep me from worrying about yesterday
- and tomorrow:
keep me mindful of the moment,
the present moment
in which I find myself...

Open my eyes to see the burdens of others
and give me the grace and courage to offer
my hand, my arm, my shoulder;
my heart, my support, my comfort;
my smile, my story, my understanding...

Show me your face this week, Lord:
open my ears to your voice,
my eyes to your beauty,
my heart to your mercy,
my mind to your counsel,
my pain to your healing,
my weary limbs to your strength
and my mouth to give you praise...

A new week stretches before me, Lord,
a week I offer to you
praying you'll help me live it
a day at a time,
in your time,
in peace...

Accept my prayer this morning, Lord,
all day long
and through the week ahead...



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