Thank you, Spirit,

For there is evening and there is morning, another day.

My eyes don’t want to open quite yet so I’m praying. Somewhere in this new day, may I see your joy in earth and sky and creatures belonging to you. May I accept your holy nudge toward a more open-hearted interaction with folks I sometimes feel don’t like me much. Give me courage to feel the sorrow that comes with the day’s troubles yet to unfold. Yes, I want to feel the sorrow that breaks God’s heart, but I need to feel You underneath me in it, because I can’t carry it on my own. Don’t let me forget my family, today. Help me to pray for them. Don’t let me take for granted those who have loved me the longest in this life, whether they are family or not. Let me bring some laughter into the world today, and join the joy that others have to share. Give me imagination with the texts this week and be my steady editor through all the bright ideas and clumsy cleverness I drag with me on the way to preaching hope and love and your call on our lives. There is so much to do sometimes, Spirit, and I’m sure some of it even matters. I want to trust You and this work entrusted to me. Help me do that today maybe a little more than yesterday. Thank you Spirit for this bed and covers and sleep. Meanwhile, may the coffee be ready soon and my glasses be where I left them. For here is morning and evening will come soon enough, another day. Amen.

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Diane Strickland is in her 33rd year as an ordained minister now serving in The United Church of Canada as retired clergy. She is a Certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist-Therapist, Critical Incident Responder, Author and Creator of Trauma Informed Resources.

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