Ecclesiastes 5: 10-11
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a labourer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich man will not let him sleep… As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand.
All giving and generous Lord,
I must seem so selfish
What is it about me that makes me so attracted to stuff?
I’m like a magnet
I collect all kinds of objects.
From useless ornaments to useful tools
So many things I just want to own
I collect things for amusement.
Things that make me feel better
Things that make me look good
Things that make me look ridiculous
Things that get broken
Things that need fixed
Things that are stolen
Things that don’t fit
Things for which I have no use
I hoard them
I hold on to them
Sometimes they become an extension my life
They are part of my” life frame”
I allow myself to be controlled by lifeless objects
I say I don’t worship these things
but too often I do.
Help me to start making changes
Release me from the things that control me.
Give me the courage to say no to retail therapy
To say no if I don’t have a use for an object
Give me the grace to say no to keeping up with the latest styles
Give me the insight to know the difference between need and greed
Help me each day to let go of all this stuff that surrounds me
Turn my heart to service and in doing so make my life fruitful
written by Albert Bogle, St Andrew's Church, Bo'ness