Monday Morning Offering: 2/6

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Good morning, good God!

I'm wondering, Lord,
"What will I offer today
for my Monday morning prayer...

Shall I offer you my heart
with all its ragged imperfections
and pray you do some healing
of its rough and tumble edges?

Shall I offer you my mind
and its idle, wasteful musings
and pray your light and wisdom   
will illumine all my thoughts?

Shall I offer you my dreams
and all my fantasies and schemes,
and pray you bring sharp focus
to my vision and my plans?

Shall I offer you my grudges,
my resentments and my anger
and pray you mend and heal
the hurt and pain to which I cling?

Shall I offer you my envy,
my jealousy of others,
and pray you show me clearly
all the gifts I truly have?

Shall I offer you my lust
and my cravings and my greed
and pray you cleanse and purify
my longings and desires?

Shall I offer you my apathy,
my lethargy and dullness
and pray your Spirit's fire
burn anew deep in my soul?

Shall I offer you my joy,
my sweet contentment, all my peace
and pray I come to understand:
- without you I have none...

Shall I offer you my faith
and my uncertainty and doubt
and pray for greater, deeper trust
in all that I believe?

Shall I offer you my hope 
although I haven't much to spare
and pray you give me confidence
in all you've pledged and promised?
Shall I offer you my lethargy,
my daily news fatigue?
And ask you for some wisdom,
some sanity and healing?
Shall I offer you this prayer then
as another week begins  
and ask that in my stumbling words
you hear what my heart speaks?

Yes, I'll offer you this litany, Lord,
my Monday morning prayer,
and trust you'll walk right by my side
this day, this night, this week...






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