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Bless the Work

Bless the Work


“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

-1 Peter 4: 10-11


Yesterday, Labor Day, we recognized the work we do

how we spend our days

what we offer with our hands

the gifts of labor poured out for the world. 


Now another day comes

to work, play, and rest

to offer our gifts

to see the work we do

as a gift from God. 


Bless the work of our hands

holding, caring, tending, writing, hammering, building, driving, farming, writing, healing.


Bless the work of our mouths

speaking, teaching, preaching, encouraging, reading, singing.


Bless the work of our hearts

consoling, forgiving, worshipping, loving. 


Give us courage in the face of adversity.

Give us peace in the eye of a storm.

Give us strength for the road ahead.


In every word we offer

may we praise Jesus.


In every work we do

may we sing of Jesus’ love.


In every task we complete

may we see your presence. 


Thank you for the gift of work and service

for people who give of themselves and

for the people who receive the gifts

in all that we do and say and offer, 

Jesus be near us. Amen. 


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter



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