To the Giver of new mercies every morning, to the Ancient of Days, we lift up our hands and our hearts—they are yours; take them, use them for your glory. In all that you have called us to do this day, whether to work or to rest, to go or to wait, to mourn, to laugh, to speak, to listen—in each of these vocations we worship you. Bless our efforts as we seek to praise you in heart, in soul, in mind, in strength. And though your kingdom is upon us and already in our midst, continue to show us the way to the radiant light of your presence, that we might in turn show the way to our friends, our family, our coworkers, those who strive with us, and those who strive against us. Be our God, that we might be your people. We pray all these things in Jesus name, Amen.
"…We need Christian people to work as healers: as healing judges and prison staff, as healing teachers and administrators, as healing shopkeepers and bankers, as healing musicians and artists, as healing writers and scientists, as healing diplomats and politicians. We need people who will hold on to Christ firmly with one hand and reach out the other, with wit and skill and cheerfulness, with compassion and sorrow and tenderness, to the places where our world is in pain. We need people who will use all their god-given skills, as Paul used his, to anaylse where things have gone wrong, to come to the place of pain, and to hold over the wound the only medicine which will reallly heal, which is the love of Christ made incarnate once more, your smile and mine, your tears and mine, your patient analysis and mine, your frustration and mine, your joy and mine…"
N. T. Wright
For All God’s Worth