Jo preachingDear God,

This work you call us to is hard:
this work of prayer and study and preaching;
this work of organizing and coordinating and administrating;
this work of phone calls and emails and Facebook posts.

I struggle to maintain compassion and grace with those closest to me who aren’t doing all I’d like them to do—or who are doing it wrong (according to me).

I struggle to maintain anger at the injustices of the world and grief for the pain of other people, because there is so much injustice, so much pain, and so little I can do.

Being a pastor is hard–
both the work of it
and the being of it.

Plus, I don’t get Saturday off—at least not this week.

So God, forgive my grumpiness (and my procrastination).
Heal my complacency.
Soothe my irritation.

Restore to me the joy of my salvation
—restore to me the joy of my call–
and grant a willing spirit to sustain me.

Amen.


Rev.  Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. Her blog is at SpaciousFaith.com. 


RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com.

3 thoughts on “Saturday Prayer: The Struggle is Real

  1. Just read this today (Monday) but it absolutely captures the essence of where I was on Saturday and where I have found myself several Saturdays this Sunday. Only three more Sundays til vaycay! Blessings

    Like

We hope you'll join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.