A Servant’s Prayer

I am here, Lord.
You know me well, for you made me.
Strengthen
   my arms that they might carry the burdens of my brothers and sisters in need;
   my back and shoulders that they might not break beneath the yoke of fear and oppression;
   my heart that it might bear the grief of those who suffer.

I am here, Lord.
You know me well, for you made me.
Open
   my eyes that they might see your glory in the stranger;
   my ears that they might hear your voice guiding me when I am lost;
   my mind that it might discern your truth amidst the noise and confusion.

I am here, Lord.
You know me well, for you made me.
Bless
   my hands that they might feed and clothe my brothers and sisters who are cold and hungry;
   my lips that they might speak words of comfort, encouragement and truth to the down-trodden;
   my soul that it may stand for righteousness in face of adversity and injustice.

I am here, Lord.
You know me well, for you made me.

Hear your servant’s prayer, o Lord.
Prepare me for the tasks you have set before me,
Make me your instrument healing this broken world, and
Let me bless others as you have blessed me.

All this I pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

– Alethia Carter Stone, St. Paul’s, Morris Plains

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