Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift of work. Thank you for the dignity and purpose it grants to us and for the many ways it reveals your character to us. Open our eyes to see the ways you are at work in our work today. Grant us insight into the challenges and tensions we face. Increase in us love for those with whom we work and serve. Where our efforts feel small and inconsequential, expand our vision and sense of purpose. Where we are tempted to think of our work or efforts more highly than we ought, hem us in. In every way grant us divine perspective as we labor for you and your Kingdom this day. All this we ask in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“O God, I am Mustafah the tailor, and I work at the shop of Muhammad Ali. The whole day long I sit and pull the needle and the thread through the cloth. O God, you are the needle and I am the thread. I am attached to you and I follow you. When the thread tries to slip away from the needle, it becomes tangled and must be cut so it can be put back in the right place. O God, help me to follow you wherever you lead me. For I am really only Mustafah the tailor, and I work in the shop of Muhammad Ali on the great square.”
The Oxford Book of Prayer