Mary and Martha

Daily Reading for July 18 • The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord, for the blessing of sisters

For friendship and laughter and tears

For the road walked together and adventures shared

For the breaking of bread and mugs of coffee

For sisters whose lives are hard and oppressed

For sisters who toil and have no time for rest

Lord, we pray

Lord, for the blessing of grandmothers

For gentle and wise counsel

For the gift of time when all else seems hurried

For memories passed on to be kept and treasured

For being a stead presence when life is tough

For being there when the going gets rough

Lord, we pray

Lord, for the blessing of women

For women who energize and inspire

For women who blaze new trails

For women who march for justice

For women who question and stir

For saintly women who have gone before

Lord, we pray.

From “For the Blessing of Women” by Jan Brind and Tessa Wilkinson (Woking, Surrey, England), quoted in Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World edited by Margaret Rose, Jenny Te Paa, Jeanne Person, and Abagail Nelson. Copyright © 2009. Used by permission of Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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