About 10 years ago, I was driving “overnight” from Fargo, North Dakota, to Helena, Montana. My two daughters were babies at the time, and we were on the way to visit Grandma. I had this bright idea to drive all night long because it would be ‘easier’ on the girls, who could sleep in the back of the van. It turned out my good idea was actually a pretty dumb idea. The girls didn’t sleep very well, and the drive soon became torturous for all of us. You’ve probably never been on that stretch of road. It is very sparsely populated, lonely, and… very dark. It is often possible to drive for miles and miles without even seeing a light anywhere. It’s hard to stay awake out there. We were all tired and cranky.
Then a small miracle happened. We were out in the middle of nowhere at about 2 AM, when much to my amazement, I saw the lights to a little Holiday Inn Express motel at the next exit on the interstate. We pulled in and booked the last room available. I was really glad to be there. After the girls fell asleep, I noticed something in the room that I’ve never seen in a hotel before. Sitting on the counter top was this simple little picture frame containing an inspirational message entitled “A Prayer for our Guests.” As I read it, I remember thinking how comforting it was after the stressful drive I had just experienced.
In the days ahead, I thought about that prayer more than once. I thought about my own business and wished I had something like that for my printing firm.
When I couldn’t find a “business prayer” or a “printer’s prayer,” I decided to write one myself. It’s called “The Worker’s Prayer,” and I made it available to all of my employees — on a voluntary basis — who wanted a copy. I had it typeset and designed so it would fit in a standard 4″ x 6″ picture frame. We printed “The Worker’s Prayer” on parchment paper and framed it in about a dozen different styles and colors of picture frames to give to our coworkers. It really didn’t cost much, but it looks really nice. Many of my employees have taken the time to personally thank me for the little gift that they have for their desktop or office.
Since this is the Easter weekend, I thought it might be an appropriate time to share “The Worker’s Prayer” with you. If you would like to use “The Worker’s Prayer,” I am providing a link for artwork. Like all ideas presented on Gutenblog, this artwork is offered to you copyright free and without cost:
Lord, I thank you for this job and
the blessings it provides.
May you watch over me this day
and keep me safe from harm.
Create in me a willing spirit
and happy heart.
Grant me the ambition to work hard
and give me the strength to finish
what I have started.
May my hands always be prepared
to help lighten another’s load.
And finally, Lord, remind me that
the quality of my work is a reflection
of you to those around me.
I wish you all a happy Easter!
Here are links to download camera-ready artwork to fit a 4″ x 6″ picture frame: