Gifts abound, a prayer inspired by 1 Corinthians 12 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Prayer inspired by 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year C

Note:  this prayer can be written either in the singular (me/I) or the plural (us/we).

In this bleak midwinter

Gifts abound

Given in the same spirit, a spirit of love.

When words of wisdom we cannot bring to utterance,

Thank you for the silent embrace we can offer.

When the answer lies beyond our grasp, when knowledge yields to mystery,

Thank you for your truth that propels us forward.

When healing powers evade

Thank you for the faith that even the horizon of death cannot separate us from your love.

When the dream of a miracle distracts us from the work before us

Thank you for your gift of discernment that brings me/us back to where we are.

When wagging tongues divide, destroy, deter

Thank you for the courage to apologize, to re-build, to trust.

In this season of giving, this season of love,

Thank you for the manifestation of your Spirit in gifts bestowed,

In the activation of the sentiment in each of us

To serve you by loving others,

To love you by serving all.

In this bleak midwinter

Gifts abound

Given in the same spirit, a spirit of love.

When words of wisdom I cannot bring to utterance,

Thank you for the silent embrace I can offer.

When the answer lies beyond my grasp, when knowledge yields to mystery,

Thank you for your truth that propels me forward.

When healing powers evade

Thank you for the faith that even the horizon of death cannot separate me from your love.

When the dream of a miracle distracts me from the work before me

Thank you for your gift of discernment that brings me back to where I am.

When wagging tongues divide, destroy, deter

Thank you for the courage to apologize, to re-build, to trust.

In this season of giving, this season of love,

Thank you for the manifestation of your Spirit in gifts bestowed,

In the activation of the sentiment

To serve you by loving others,

To love you by serving all.