Monday Morning Offering: 3/14

Coffee in the Morning by George Mendoza

Good morning, good God!

I know so many folks who are trying, Lord:
trying to change course,
trying to stay on the right path,
trying to take a step in a new direction…

Folks trying to begin something, 
even something simple,
or  trying to begin again,
but finding that so very hard to do...

Folks trying to make a right decision,
trying to make a difficult choice, 
trying to do the right thing…

Folks trying to find peace,
trying to make peace,
trying to keep peace...

Folks trying to make it through 
   some very hard times,
trying to get out
    of some difficult situations,
trying to figure out
   the next right thing to do... 

Folks trying to believe:
trying to trust in you,
in others,
in themselves...

Folks trying again, and again,
when they’ve already tried 
so many times before...

Folks tired of trying -
yet trying to try again…

I know so many folks who are trying, Lord...

So, I offer you this morning
the efforts of all of us who are trying:
trying to know, love and serve you
in all we do…

I offer you our good intentions, Lord:
forgive our false starts and failed efforts,
give us fresh starts
and the hope we need to try
to begin,

I offer you our earnest desires
and ask, Lord, that you keep us honest:
show us how we so easily con ourselves
and remind us that to be honest with ourselves
is to be honest with you…

I offer you all our redoubled efforts, Lord,
and pray you redouble the grace
that's yours to give,
the grace we so much need,
the grace that only you can give...

I offer you our desire, Lord,
to choose what's true, good, healthy and pure
and when we settle for less
give us the desire to desire more:
more of what's good, good for us
and good for our life with you and with others…

I offer you our need, Lord,
for you to deepen our trust,
refresh our hope,
renew our strength
and give us the will
to live one day at a time…

Be patient with us, Lord,
and give us patience with each other
as each of us tries
and tries again
to live according to your will and your Word,
this Monday morning
and every day in the week ahead...


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