On Life Abundant [A Prayer]

morning-prayer

Good and gracious God,

Life is full…
of distractions.

Full…
of glitter and gold.

Full…
of things –
things which we
have given value.

Too frequently,
we find ourselves
made captive
and
distracted
by these valuable baubles
we have created.

Sometimes
they are money
and the things which it can buy.

Sometimes
they are ideas
which we have raised
to the status of gods.

Sometimes
they are our desires
which we have elevated
over the desires,
and sometimes
over the needs,
of other people.

And sometimes
they are much more devious
than that.

Sometimes
they are
greed,
power,
privilege,
hate,
revenge,
self-importance
and any number
of emotional sinkholes
that can pull us in
and pull us under
until it seems
we have no choice
but to live in them
the rest of our lives.

May we be reminded
that the life
Jesus taught us about
is a full life –
a life abundant.

Abundant
because its focus
is on
joy,
hope,
forgiveness,
helping others,
supporting one another,
kindness,
peace,
love
and those things
which build each other
and ourselves
up.

May we set aside
the things that distract us
and take up
more of the things
the make life more full.

And in doing so
may we increase
the fullness of the lives
of others.

Amen.

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