Lord of Shabbat,
Teach me your rest,
let me learn from you
who are gentle and humble in heart.
and let me recognize your voice once more,
to know that I’m your own,
resting in your presence,
that you lead me on,
knowing all is well with my soul
because my Good Shepherd knows,
my Prince of Peace has me.
I lay it all down this Shabbat,
my burdens, my cares I cast upon you,
and as darkness always brings the morning light,
knowing your presence is my hope and restoration.
I trust you Lord.
I praise you for your rest,
rest in your love,
rest in your Word,
rest in your commands,
rest in simple obedience to you,
and a relationship with you.
Let my work be rest
as I give my gifts, talents, and skills
back to you for your glory.
Place me where you would maximize your glory
through my life.
Deliver me from making work an idol,
wrapping my worth into my performance,
shrinking back in fear of failing.
Grant me your vision,
boldness, courage, faith, determination,
discipline, diligence, and persistence
to see your plans and will birthed through my life.
Ready me for your kingdom come.
I bless you Lord.
thank you for your rest,
always you call me into a relationship with you,
your commands intentional
to build my trust and faith in you.
Help me Lord,
deliver me from the hamster wheels I create for myself,
that others, the world create for me.
Take me out and deliver me.
Let me find my rest in the warmth of your hand,
holding me, caring for me back to health,
carrying me to the green pastures and quiet waters I’d missed with you.
Let me learn from you who are gentle and humble in heart,
whose yoke is easy and burden is light.
What is your heart Lord?
What do you desire to do through my life?
Forgive me Lord for my striving.
I lay down my will and my plans for yours,
I want to be used by you,
and to shine for your glory alone.
But let me first find rest in you
and do it all, hand-in-hand,
in intimate, sweet relationship with you.
Let it be no other way,
I love you Lord, have your way in me.
I thank you for your peace
transcending all understanding,
loosening and unfurling
the knotted messes of my soul,
calming, grounding, deepening within me
like the depths of an ocean swell
connected to the expanses of heaven above,
I’m riding the waves of praise emanating
from all your creation
and from my spirit within,
I can finally hear it
in the stillness of my soul.
Let me be still and know that you are God,
and align with the foundations of the universe
and all creation singing praise, glory, and honor
for who you are, what you’ve done,
your sacrifice, death, and life.
You hold the moon and stars in your hands,
you love this speck called earth,
you love me.
I rest assured, in peace,
in your ever-present, all-knowing, omnipotent love.
I praise you Lord.
Lord of my rest,
I bless you.
I receive your comfort,
healing and refreshing,
depleted and needy
for your Spirit and grace.
Thank you for rest,
break into my frenetic cycles
where my wheels only spin
and I’m more stuck than I know.
Shine your light
on the root of my anxieties,
so I can’t cover it up,
and help me
to cast all my cares on you.
Break through my muteness,
open my mouth,
so my heart can spill forth the cries
pent up behind my futile actions.
When the world weighs heavy on my shoulders,
and surrounding sin and pain grieve me,
I choose to remember you,
Prince of Peace,
the government is upon your shoulder.
I praise your Name.
I praise you for your comfort and kindness.
When my body is weak
and I am feeling fragile,
I thank you that I can lean in,
trust in, depend on you.
Your hand covers me,
you shelter me under your wings,
I will abide in your shadow,
close to your presence.
Thank you for your gentle strength,
your light warmth,
your kind joy and hope
that comforts and upholds me.
You uplift my spirits
as your presence heals my frame,
your strength is perfected in my weakness.
Thank you for your angelic hosts
that surround me,
ministering healing and life.
I praise you that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made,
an echo of your glory, love, and delight.
I love you, thank you for being with me
Lord of my rest,
I enter into Shabbat,
into your presence,
so thankful for your mercy,
for your acceptance, joy, and open arms,
your faithfulness even when I’ve been unfaithful,
your delight when I come,
just as I am.
I’m so grateful for your invitation,
to step out from the the world’s frenetic race,
into this Shabbat you’ve made for me
into the garden to just be
simply me in your wondrous presence.
So I’ll enter your rest,
confident and secure,
washed in your blood,
laying aside my burdens,
giving them to you,
falling into your grace
again and again,
setting my mind,
my eyes upon you
and finding only shalom peace
with a full heart
and praise on my lips.
I bless you this Shabbat,
tasting and knowing you are good,
sweet, holy, and wonderful.
I love you Lord.