Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 4/20

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so many people need a break...

- folks who bear loss and grief deep inside,
whose tears are a sign of the ache that throbs
in an empty place in their heart of hearts...

- folks who need rest from working too hard,
seldom, if ever, getting a chance
to relax, to rest and recoup...

- folks who've lost homes to fires and floods,
lost all they loved and claimed as their own:
their treasured possessions, the memories dear...

- folks whose plates are always too full,
whose burdens are heavy and far too many,
who truly need help to cope and get by....

-folks who work hard at more than one job
and still come up short at the end of the month,
facing debt that never stops growing...

- folks who are lonely, who long for a friend,
for a spouse, a companion, a neighbor,
for someone to talk to and walk by their side...

- folks who are sick and burdened with pain
with multiple diagnoses,
with chronic illness that just won't quit...

- folks who are suffering injustice, Lord,
who are always the last, always the least,
with no one to shield and defend them...

- folks who are fearful, worried and anxious,
whose hope has grown thin and dim,
who hunger for peace, for serenity...

- folks who have tried and tried yet again
and haven't yet found what they seek
and wonder now if ever they will...

So many people who need a break
and for them this morning I pray:
   please smile on them in your kindness,
   grant them some respite from worry,
   lighten the burdens they carry,
   heal and ease the pain they bear,
   right the wrongs they suffer,
   comfort them in their loss and grief,
   refresh and renew their resolve,
   deepen their hope and renew their trust,
   open their hearts to new love,
   help them get up and begin once again
   and grant them good rest and sweet dreams...

And if in some way I might be of help
and offer some respite, a break,
give me the love of a selfless heart
to reach out and do what I can...

And when others offer to help me, Lord,
to give me the break I might need,
let me welcome, humbly, their gift of love,
an open and outstretched hand...
In so many ways, Lord we all need your help:
be our strength, our guard and our guide.
Open our hearts to the gift of your grace:
O God, we all need a break!





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