As this week stretches out ahead of us, O Lord, we think of the many responsibilities we will fulfill and of the many tasks we will perform.
Thank you for them.
Along the way, though, there will be many distractions, many things that will vie for our attention while we are trying to concentrate on what we should be doing.
Give us focus, O Lord, that we might leave peripheral things on the periphery and that we will keep central things in the center.
At the same time, though, give us flexibility that we might shift our attention when someone shows up in our peripheral vision on whom we need to focus our full attention. Help us not to let the completion of our tasks stand in the way of the privilege and responsibility of being with or of helping another human being.