by Laurie Krachmer
Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Reflection: When I think about "gifts", I think about the differences that make each of us unique. I was exposed to many personality and style inventories early in my adulthood. I was fascinated to learn about myself and how I showed up for others. I was even more fascinated to learn about why others showed up for me the way they did. Knowing our gifts and the gifts of others allows us to use them together as we serve and work.
The prayers below reflect one style inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. If you know your MBTI style, go to that prayer. If you haven't taken the MBTI, read through the prayers until you find one that fits. Reflect on how you bring your gifts to God's work. And reflect on those you recognize in other prayers. Offer prayers for them and their gifts.
Prayer: Thank you, God of all gifts, for laughter and joy. Thank you for creating me with unique gifts; may I use them as I serve and work. Thank you for the gifts others share with me. Let me recognize You in them. Amen.