Blue Monday

Monday, May 13

5.13By Donna Boyd of Independence, Missouri, USA

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. …But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.  

—James 3:13, 17–18

The expression “blue Monday” has many stories—some hundreds of years old—about its possible origin. A more recent story hangs the expression on a custom many women once had of doing their laundry on Monday, using “bluing” instead of bleach to help the clothes look and feel clean. For some it meant hauling water, heating it on the stove (or fire), and doing backbreaking labor to wash, rinse, wring, and hang the clothes to dry.

Today, though laundry remains inconvenient for some men and women, it is not the onerous burden it once was.

Instead, for younger people, Monday may mean returning to work and school after a weekend of late hours, neglected homework, overeating, and perhaps suffering sunburn or insect bites. We are not at our best, but most Mondays we are required to present ourselves front and center, behaving optimally.

I resolved years ago that because one-seventh of my God-given life would be on Mondays, I would not fall victim to an attitude that sabotaged my work week. God blessed me with the ability to work as long as necessary. My vulnerability to divine grace will enhance my service and discipleship. I praise God for all the “rosy Mondays” in my life.

Prayer for Peace
Daily God, we praise you for our days of working and the restful Sabbath. May we live every day as disciples of Christ, sharing his peace.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will pray while I work.

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