It's Tuesday mid-day. Time for team reporting.
Ms. GermanO reports for the manufacturing team. She names the company coordinators who have scheduled upcoming rallies in the next week. Her teammates look on in support with a knowing smile.
Ms. Snacks-R-Us tells about presenting to Sheriff department(s) in our city. She tried to be "warm and fuzzy" at 6am roll call to an audience who wears at least one gun, handcuffs, two or more cell phones, and other unnameable "tools" of the trade around their belt. She gets a kick out of how different each department reacts and how she changed her schpeel mid-stream at one meeting.
Mr. Mom talks about going to a rally at a bank with a box of donuts in hand. The branch manager met him there. He expected at least 25 employees. There were only 4 due to layoffs. They sat at the conference room table, no video, and discussed how these remaining 4 could use different agencies to make ends meet if they, too, lost their jobs.
Our youngest, Mr. Americorps, relays how he used to be really nervous but now, after dozens of presentations, "someone could stop me on the curbside and I could do a rally for them." His growing confidence encourages us all, especially those of us whose rallies don't start until next week.
Our Pacesetter Chair, Ms. WeCanDoAnything, reminds us that it's about relationships. That's why people give, advocate or volunteer. They have a story in their heart and they connect to our story.
I realize this is morning prayer time.
As we name those in positions of authority (the city and county authorities & the United Way management), we are praying for their well being respecting their leadership.
As we compare mileage driven, we are praying for the community through which we pass and ask forgiveness for burning the oil in the meantime.
As we watch and share videos of other community's United Way campaigns, we pray for the welfare of the world and enjoy the robust creativity of the Spirit's movement.
As we meet and shake hands with each of our company campaign coordinators and the participants in the meetings who listen as we ask for them to give, we pray for the concerns of the local community and ask for God's grace to pour out into our presence in that room.
As we share our personal story about why we give to United Way, we pray for those who suffer and those in any trouble. As we pause between appointments and relate to each other our stories of parents and others who have died, we pray for the departed.
As we share a loaves-n-fishes style potluck lunch, we pray in gratitude for all our blessings.
It's faith at work!
In what ways are you praying at work, between the lines?
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17