Creator God,

Olympic feats of skill and grit

remind us of our own physical triumphs,

rising from bed,

the joy of a morning stretch,

the feel of the floor under our feet,

or the whoosh of the scooter that takes us where we want to go.

Make us, we pray, mindful of the gift

of our steps,

our breath, in and out,

the feel of a chair, solid beneath us,

the food that sustains.

We are grateful for embodied gifts.

Bring grace, we ask, to all who find their bodies

painful,

frustrating,

shameful,

burdensome,

that we all may take in this day’s gifts.

In grateful wonder, we pray, Amen.

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The Rev. Mary Austin is the pastor of Westminster Church, a diverse Presbyterian community in Detroit. She blogs at Stained Glass in the City.

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