I have some offerings for you today.

You probably don’t particularly want them,

but I know you don’t want me to have them.


I offer my resentments

for the things I have to do for others

for the things no one is doing for me

for how early I have to get up, even on weekends.

I offer my stress

about saying or writing the wrong word at the wrong time

about having everything lined up and ready to go

about the world going to you-know-where in hand basket.

I offer my selfishness and my grudges,

my exasperation and my anxiety.

It’s an ugly and unwieldy offering, God.

But I trust that somehow your altar can hold it all

and your holy fire can transform it

into smoke of mercy,

ashes of grace.


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

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