Sometimes it takes people a long time to find a way to earn a living that also allows them to feel good at the end of the day about how they have invested that day of their life. But God has given each of us gifts that we are meant to use with joy. … How do you see God’s hand at work shaping you through the work (paid or not) you have done over the years? Where have you been able to use the gifts of caring, organizing, teaching, cooking, repairing things—or whatever you do with joy and energy—to make the world more like God wants it to be? Those tasks are always work that is worth doing!
—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Whatever you do, do it from the heart, for the Lord and not for people.
—Colossians 3:23, CEB
Prayer for the Week
You are invited to replace the below prayer with one you recall from your own childhood.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Guide me safely through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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