Thursday, December 17, 2009

Unbalanced Load Error

My long-distance friend Erik Doughty writes weekly prayers based on the lectionary. This week's seemed especially timely. (Prayer based on texts for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, year C.)

"Unbalanced Load Error" blinks at us from the washing machine, which does not work well now, despite the Frequently Asked Questions online, and the Knowledge Database. Someone will need to arrive with the ability to repair it, soon.

That washer is not the only one
with an unbalanced load error.
We carry with us the weight of Too Much--
Too Much Responsibility,
Too Much Stuff
Too Much to Afford
Too Much to Understand
Too Much to Do
Too Much to Bear.

Arrive soon, Christ Jesus,
with mercy and strength.
Re-balance us, that we
who have Too Much
may share with those
who have need;
and what pain and struggle
no one needs
take from us and destroy.

You who give grace to the unremarkable and unexpected, grace us too. Wash us clean, right our balance, send us out to get our hands dirty in your world as we continually expect and count on your aid.

© 2009 Erik Doughty. Permission to reproduce this work is granted only when the author is credited.
 

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