as a child you watched Joseph at work
each day in his carpenter shop. Surely
he taught You to work with Your hands.
hear now my prayer for women and men
all over the world who make their living
at long hours of inhumane manual labor,
under challenging, sweaty, dangerous conditions
those who go deep into the earth
to work in mines, always in potential danger,
and those who work high off the ground
on electrical towers and construction projects.
comfort to those who work at mind-numbing repetitious
jobs on assembly lines and often in sweat-shop
those who drill pipelines and dig ditches and
toil dawn-to-dusk in the blazing sun.
over those those hauling freight
in huge vans, sometimes on narrow, icy, dangerous
roads at night.
the aches and pains of those who are injured
in the workplace. Please heal their broken bones
the end of their working lives, please give
all these men and women peaceful retirement
with enough savings to live comfortably in dignity
with their families
protect the surviving spouses
and the children of all those who lose
their lives accidentally or tragically.
this I pray to You, Good Lord of workers, of
families, of all of us.
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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