Come to me, all you that are weary                   and are carrying heavy burdens,          and I will give you rest.          Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;                   for I am gentle and humble in heart,          and you will find rest for your souls.                   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.                            â€”Matthew 11.28-30

For those who labor, God, grant rest. For those without work, grace. For those too privileged to work, humility. For those who do forced labor, liberation.

God of mercy, give us the gift of gratitude for those who contribute for our sake, who by their hands have built our world. God of justice, keep us mindful of those who sew our clothes, pick our fruit, bear away our trash, clean our rooms for us. Keep our faith honest, that we may labor for justice for those who labor for us.

Give us what work we best may do with our hands or our hearts, for the sake of your Empire of Grace, and grant us the Spirit to do it.

We pray to you, Holy One who labors each moment to give us life.

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light

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