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God from whom all energy flows,
Our bodies crawl from dawn to dusk
From one visit to another,
From one meeting to the next,
From one worship service to the following one,
From one duty until our list is complete.
(It’s never complete.)
We know our help comes from you.
And our strength and courage are bestowed upon us by you.
Yet, our stamina wavers
And we wonder where you are.
Grant that our tired bodies
And even-more-exhausted souls
Find their refreshment in sleep, in recreation, and in times of fellowship.
May we learn to prioritize what is needed
And let us find the grace we need when certain tasks remain incomplete.
May our spouses and partners and parents and children understand our frenzy.
May our friends continue to invite us to parties even thou we’ve turned them down four times before.
May our bodies remain strong,
May the flus and infections stay far away,
May additional unforeseen tasks that may pop up wait until January,
And may we see the Christ around us even when our eyes are focused elsewhere.