Let the favor of our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands – O prosper the work of our hands! --Psalm 90:17
When we wake from the delicious slumber of night’s cocoon wishing the buzz of the alarm clock would disappear into oblivion, it might be a good exercise to turn our heart toward heaven and ask God’s blessing on the work of the day. Getting out of bed can be difficult because sleep is so appealing, but also because we dread the plethora of tasks that stretch out before us, tiring us before we’ve begun our day. We may be faced with an onerous meeting, a difficult customer or colleague, yet another load of laundry, a confrontation with our boss, or another boring day in an uninteresting and unchallenging work environment. We rarely remember that we do not get out of bed to face the day alone. The eye of heaven is ready to walk with us, and to prosper our work – or make it count for something.
Even with prayer, work will still loom before us each day; there will be duties, chores, errands, situations, and encounters that we would rather not have to experience. We may continue to wonder if what we do really makes a difference in our own or others’ lives. We may still find our entire body surging like a missile toward the alarm clock to push the snooze button, but a prayer each morning for the blessing of our work will be like a taste of sugar after a pill of bitterness. The day will be just a little sweeter, and so will our soul.
O God, let your blessing flow over my work this day like water jumping over the rocks of a stream, carrying away all traces of impurity and dis-ease.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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