A prayer for the second Sunday after Epiphany

Ah God.

I usually work on Sundays. I’m not working today.

That feels like something I should have to confess.

You say to Isaiah, for him and for his people, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” And I respond like Isaiah: “But I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing at all.'”

But God, you have made us to rest. To work and to rest. To be faithful in showing up and to be faithful by not showing up at work and by showing up elsewhere. With you. With family. With ourselves.

It’s a way that you remind us that you are enough for us before we are enough for you. Your grace and forgiveness are sufficient for us before we are sufficient for you. You are measuring out to us with love and attention and rest while we are worrying about measuring up to you.

God, for me and my family and my people, I ask:

May we at this moment know you. May we have the peace that passes understanding, the courage to relinquish control, the rest to let us laugh.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

And God? Thank you for Will and Dan.

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