Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 11/24

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The day after Thanksgiving...

Pardon our over-indulgence, Lord,
our conspicuous consumption,
at yesterday's holiday table...
May we neither waste our plenty
nor hoard the goods
that others need so much...
May our bounty not blind us,
our surplus never dull us,
to others' dire straits...

As we plan and shop for Christmas
make us modest in our wish lists
and discerning in our spending...
Tempt us to be lavish,
as we've never been before,
in reaching out and giving to the poor...

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






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