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My blog was nearly a year old before my first Monday Morning Offering and when I posted that prayer I didn't intend it to become a regular item but the response was so good that I decided to make it a weekly feature. So, about a month late, here's the 12th anniversary posting of my original Monday Morning Offering.  In reviewing it, I realize that I'm praying for the same things today that I prayed for a dozen years ago!

O God,
it's Monday!

A new week stretches before me:
will you walk with me this week, Lord?

Slow me down before I go too fast
and give me strength to do well
the things I really need to accomplish...

Give me the wisdom to lay aside
the things I do not need,
the cares I need not carry,
the burdens I need not bear...

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

Open my eyes to any way
I might lighten 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 love...

Show me yourself 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 weary limbs to your strength,
my mouth to give you praise...

A new week stretches before me, Lord:
help me live it
a day at a time,
in your time,
in peace...



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