The kind of work we do does not make us holy but we may make it holy. However “sacred” a calling may be, as it is a calling, it has not power to sanctify; but rather as we are and have the divine being within, we bless each task we do, be it eating, or sleeping, or watching, or any other. Whatever they do, who have not much of God’s nature, they work in vain. – Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart, the 13th century German theologian and mystic, reminds us that there is no work that is more sacred than any other. All work has a sacredness to it, and all work give us the opportunity to grow in God’s grace.
In Eckhart’s view it is the divine spark within each of us that sanctifies the work we undertake, not the other way around. We make the work we do holy by the holiness we bring to it. That’s yet another good reason to do everything to the glory of God, even the most menial of our daily tasks.
You are wondrous to see and know. Your glory outshines the purest gold or the clearest diamond.
Take away our pride in possessions, Father, and give us humble hearts of service and compassion. Help us not place our hope in the uncertainty of money, but in you, who graciously gives us everything we need.
Make us rich in good deeds and in helping others, which you have created us to do. Tune our minds and souls to the same frequency as yours so that we don’t overlook the poor, the hungry, and the destitute.
Focus our eyes on the opportunities that come our way every day to touch others with your grace and truth. Help us to avoid the dangers of wealth and to grasp the joys of service. Amen.
A prayer from M. Norvel Young, Co-Chairman, Board of Directors, Union Rescue Mission, taken from for they shall be fed,edited by Ronald J. Sider.