Friday, October 19, 2007

A Prayer

Written in Boredom, at an Undisclosed Workplace.

Dear Lord,
I pray
for those with Little Enough To Do
At work, at home, at school,
or just stuck in traffic somewhere.
Lest they Get Up To Something,
gossip or slander,
kicking the back of Mom's seat,
screaming, or napping
where the boss will catch them,
or just long enough that they won't be able to sleep tonight,
building catapults out of office supplies,
or surfing the web until their eyes cross.
Give them something to Do, O Lord,
not something too hard (unless they're that bored),
something kinda fun or amusing or
at least interesting,
something useful, maybe even helpful,
so that not only are they not Bored Now
(at least for a while,
grant us this, O Lord!)
But at the end of the day they can,
perhaps,
look back upon their day and say, hey,
that was a good piece of work, there,
I'm glad I got that done,
kind of a tough job but boy,
how often do you feel that good about a day at work?
Perhaps even
(if we've been especially good or there's just
something that really needs some attention)
let us avoid boredom by being about Your work,
O Lord,
there's plenty enough of it to go around and
well I was kinda bored anyway.
Grant us, dear Lord,
the vision to see when we can do
just a bit of Your work
the attention span to notice when maybe
someone needs a helping hand
a smile, a kind word
even a rebuke, because sometimes
that's Your work too
(though I'm much better
at the smiles).
In the name of Your Son,
who was bored at school sometimes too,
I bet,
we pray.
Amen.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is the epitome of my day today. Very well timed. --Lark

Kate said...

*grins* I was working Boring Temp Job O' Doom on Tuesday...can ya tell? :)

Mother Laura said...

Lovely, my dear. I am glad temp jobs are helping body and soul hold together at least, though sorry this one was baneful and boring. Praying for you lots from lovely Toronto.

Rae Trigg said...

I'm glad to hear you at least have temp jobs - it's better than nothing. I'm praying for you and (politely) requesting Him not to abandon you now.

Mrs. M said...

Amen and FANTASTIC!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Wonderful poem. I know the feeling that would make me want to pray that prayer.

Kate, prayers for a good and not-boring job, my dear.

RevDrKate said...

Oh lovely prayer! Been there, and praying that you (who obviously have talents beyond it) will not always be so)