This week we will do lots of
things that we do every week.
We have done them many times before;
this week we will do them again.
Thank you for routine. Thank you for things
we do so regularly that they come naturally.
Don’t let us do them without thinking, though.
Help us to pay attention even to routine matters
and actions since we never know when something
new—some new angle, some new approach, some
new possibility, or some new opportunity—
might spring up in the midst of the regular.
Help us to anticipate the unanticipated
and to expect the unexpected.
Keep us ready to respond—and even to change.
Help us to remember that, even if we’ve
done something many times before,
we’ve never done it this time.
And we never know how it might be different . . .