Here’s a centering prayer inspired by John 10: 38-42, the story of Mary and Martha. It was revised from a longer prayer by Rev. Dr. A.R. Neal Mathers.
(inspired by John 10: 38-42)
for everything there is a time,
and time is now our most precious commodity.
Our clocks are always running.
From birth to death:
during times of joy and sorrow:
work and play:
business and pleasure:
speech and silence:
worship and church activities:
tick, tock, tick, tock.
We are like Martha,
with our long to-do lists.
Slow us down Lord,
and for now simply remind us that
only one thing is needful,
that we be still before you
and know that you are God. Amen.
~ revised from a prayer by Rev. Dr. A.R. Neal Mathers, in Mary and Martha: Worshipful Work, posted on Presbyterian Record. http://presbyterianrecord.ca/2013/06/21/drama-martha-and-mary-worshipful-work/