Written by REBECCA DEVRIES
FROM SIOUX, IA

Lord,
we come to you as the creator and sustainer of your world and your people.
You are the great laborer, creating all that is and ever has been.
And you continue to create and sustain, watch over and work.

You created us in your image and set us in a garden to work it and to take care of it.
In your wisdom, you created partners and co-laborers.
Therefore, you have called all of us to a life of work, stewardship, and calling.

But our work makes us weary. Work in the workplace, work at home, and even work at church.
So today we bring to you our weariness.

…some of us are weary because we have made choices and taken on too much work. Lord, have mercy.

…some of us are weary because too much is being asked of us. Lord, have mercy.

…some of us are weary because we’re forgetting to trust that you will give us the strength to do our work. Lord, have mercy.

…some of us are weary because we’ve forgotten that you care for us. You care for us as your co-laborers in this world, as your rough hands and calloused feet on the streets, as your partners in the Kingdom.

With open hands, we drop our burdens at your feet, Lord Jesus, because you promise to give us rest.  Lord, have mercy and remind us again that you care for us. Amen.