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God of our coming in and going out: this world which was originally designed by you is beautiful but has spiritually rotated away from your intentions. We have been given the assignment of work, but there are workplaces corrupted by unfair practices. From harassments to unequal pay, from limited benefits to wages that can’t support families, labor and earnings are difficult subjects for us to face.
So we remember the workers who are harassed and bullied at work. Give them the courage to stand up for what is right. Give them new opppetunies when workplace harassment is abusive.
We remember the workers who desire to be hired but who have been overlooked because of who they are. We pray for them as they endure discrimination.
We remember the workers who do not make livable or equal wages. May they be strong and courageous in standing up for what they need, and may we create systems where wages are fair.
We remember the workers who cannot find jobs. May they find work that not only sustains their homes but sustains their souls, and may they feel dignity as they continue on the journey of searching.
We remember those who have been laid off. Keep their spirits and confidence high hat they may find work in the immediate future.
We remember the workers who feel stuck in their positions. Create a sense of newness in their current jobs or allow them to see a new path on which to travel.
We remember those who can no longer work due to disability. May they find avenues in which they find purpose even when their bodies and minds are in pain.
We remember those who are retired. May this current chapter in their lives create opportunities which bring them joy.
We remember the parents who stay at home caring for their children. Give them renewal in their work whether it’s cooking, carpooling, or wrapping their arms around their sick child.
We remember those whose work places them in harm’s way and ask for their protection.
May we each realize our own power and use this power to serve the world, not to serve ourselves. May we see you, God, as we walk down hallways, eat in cafeterias, join in contentious meetings, try something new, or look towards retirement.