We thank you for our family and friends—even the annoying ones;
And we pray for those who feel lonely in this season of connection.
We thank you for the structures we live in—down to the ugliest carpet and the creakiest floorboards;
And we pray for those experiencing homelessness.
We thank you for our phone calls and meetings and services to plan;
And we pray for those who feel aimless and without purpose.
We thank you for the sorrow and anger we feel when we think about the state of your world;
And we pray for those who do not notice or care.
We thank you for clever puns and snarky asides and each and every smile, giggle, and belly laugh;
And we pray for those who have no sense of humor.
In this season of holidays and holy days, O God,
Give us gratitude.
Give us grace.
Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS, where she experiences many meetings, frequent laughter, and much gratitude. You can find more of her prayers–and a few snarky asides–on her blog, Spacious Faith.
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