“In all the cares and occupations of our life”

On the Daily Office 2019 website, one of the collects for today is as follows:

“Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

That middle part of the prayer–that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you–is so important. It reminds me that my faith and my everyday life go together. It tells me that God cares about the details of my everyday life. It reminds me, too, that I can forget this stuff. Often I can go about my tasks and errands and duties without any awareness of God at all. This collect prayer–or any prayer like it–is a remedy to my tendency to be like that. It’s a remedy I always need and one I am grateful for.

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