Image-1 (3)When a shopping trip becomes an in-aisle counseling session;
When a family dinner is interrupted by a needy text;
When Saturday night out becomes Saturday night in front of the computer finishing a sermon;
When the hair appointment gets postponed for a hospital visit;
When a good night’s sleep is disrupted by frantic jotting of inspired notes (that may or may not make sense in the morning);
When a supposed-to-be day off includes an essential work meeting:
God, give us compassion for those who ask much of us;
Give us energy for the work that must be done;
Give us grace in the work we cannot do;
Give us faithfulness in saying “yes” and in saying “no.”
We serve you in our service to your church,
And we serve you in our care for ourselves.
May we serve with wisdom and joy.

Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church. You can find more prayers and other worship material on her blog,

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