“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
As a people, we are wired for work. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from “toil”. Food eaten “by the sweat of our brow” somehow tastes better than charity.
And yet, many of our friends, family members and neighbors are without work. And when we think about how painful a job can be (and yes, we all complain sometimes), the thorns and thistles are even sharper for those who are unemployed.
Lord God, we pray today for those who are seeking work. May they be comforted by your presence. May they be sustained by your hope. May today be the day when their love for you is recognized and appreciated. Provide guidance. Open doors. Eliminate the thorns.
My prayers today are for Jim and Stacey. Other readers here will extend this prayer to those in their hearts.
All we ask Lord is that you provide a path for them to become the men and women you intended them to be – and fulfill your promise that by the sweat of our brow we can eat.
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