Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 11/25

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The day after Thanksgiving...
Forgive us, Lord,
    for yesterday's over-indulgence 
and teach us at the same time
    not to waste what's ours in abundance 
or hoard the goods  
    that others need so much...

As we plan and shop for Christmas 
make us grateful for the bounty
    we already count as ours
and mindful of the needs
    of our neighbors near and far...
Tempt us to be generous 
    with open hearts and wallets 
to those who truly need a share 
    of all we have aplenty, 
    of all that's ours to share...

Help us find the deeper meaning 
in the days that lie ahead:
    what's holy, healing, helpful,
    what makes us truly happy
        in the gift you are for us
        and in our giving of ourselves...





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