A Prayer for the Dignity of Work
and the Rights of Workers
Master of the Vineyard,
How wonderful that you have invited us
who labor by the sweat of our brow
to be workers in the vineyard
and assist your work to shape the world around us.
As we seek to respond to this call,
make us attentive to those who seek work but cannot find it.
Help us listen to the struggles of those who work hard
to provide for their families
but still have trouble making ends meet.
Open our eyes to the struggles of those exploited
and help us speak for just wages and safe conditions,
the freedom to organize, and time for renewal.
For work was made for humankind
and not humankind for work.
Let it not be a vehicle for exploitation
but a radiant expression of our human dignity.
Give all who labor listening hearts
that we may pause from our work
to receive your gift of rest.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit
that you might work through us
to let your justice reign. Amen.