O God, we ask your blessing
on the tools we use for ministry
and the carryalls that hold them:
the computer bags from Best Buy
and the graduation gift briefcases,
the monogrammed LLBean totes,
and patterned Vera Bradley backpacks,
and the worn-out shoulder bags.
Bless the worn-out shoulders, too,
Lord, and the eager straight backs
of the enthusiastic and the athletic,
and the heavy hearts and weary minds
of those whose summer has been more
stressful than restful.
Bless us all, Holy One,
and the work we do for you,
and all the hopes and histories
we carry. Amen.