Gracious God, give us generous hearts:
to share whatever gift it is that you have given to us;
to acknowledge you as the giver of all good gifts;
to give without counting the cost;
to share without expecting something in return;
to be wise in the way of caring for ourselves and others;
to hold all of our treasures and values with open hands;
to have gospel priorities and to align our life, love and time in their light;
to be gracious and unbegrudging in our giving;
to recognize the abundance of blessings in each passing day;
to know the freedom that comes with true generosity;
to accept our talents, whether many or few, and to use them in service of others;
to grow in giving thanks for everything;
to be happy with having what we need and wise enough to know what it is that we want and do not need;
to fall more deeply in love with the God of all generosity so that our hearts are strong enough to give away freely whatever is asked.
O gracious God,
who generously lavishes our lives with goodness,
create in our hearts a deep center of gratitude,
a center that grows so strong in its thanksgiving
that sharing freely of our treasures becomes the pattern of our existence.
Remind us often of how much you cherish us,
of how abundantly you have offered gifts to us,
especially in the hours of our greatest need.
May we always be grateful for your reaching into our lives
with surprises of joy, growth and unconditional love.
(adapted from Joyce Rupp, Fresh Bread)