A prayer for the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany


We have choices.

The choices lead places.
The places can be good or bad, hard or easy, on the way or at the end.
Choices in moments that have consequences in character when strung together.

We blame you for where we are, forgetting that we have choices, too.

We think you must be teaching us something big,
when perhaps you are inviting us to learn that you are aware of us.

We think you must have something big for us to do,
when perhaps you are inviting us to keep doing the things in front of us.

We think you must be interested in big things,
when perhaps you are inviting us to enjoy little things.

Like considering the birds of the air or the plants of the field.
Like attending to others rather than ignoring them.
Like crying with you.

Paul writes that he planted and Apollos watered.
Simple daily actions, though not always easy.
He deferred the responsibility for the growth to you.

We often can’t get to the simple daily actions because we are consumed with the worry about the outcomes.

Forgive us for attempting your work.
Help us be content in ours.
And help us, moment by moment, to choose what will be best.

Without worrying about whether we’re getting it right.

Through Christ our Lord.



Reflecting on Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-9