Daily Worship

A prayer before doing the shopping

James Cathcart February 02, 2023 2 2
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Micah 6: 8 (NRSVA)

8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

There’s something satisfying about a paper shopping list. In my household it sits at the side of the fridge and can be added to when we run out of something. Since there are a few of us doing the shopping, a list also keeps us from too much duplication.

In general, I am shopping more attentively these days. Partly because of cost increases, partly to accommodate different dietary needs, partly out of an effort to choose things that are local and/or sustainable.

We’re often reminded in the church that prayer isn’t supposed to be a shopping list, full of our demands. But what if we flipped that on its head and prayed a shopping prayer, asking God to put on the list the things that God wants us to add into our lives.




Generous God

My list is full, as usual, with all the things I need,

But I’m leaving some space today for you to fill

I’ve written down three headings:

Justice, kindness, humility


As I shop today, could you fill those columns as we go?

Maybe I can pay a little extra to make sure something is ethically sourced,

Or pop something into the foodbank basket,

Or put something back which I don’t really need.


Or maybe you want me to bite my tongue when the person in front of me takes the bargain I had my eye on,

Or to smile at the harassed parent whose toddler careens into me with her trolley

Or to share a word of encouragement with the bored teenager who serves me at the till.

Whatever my basket holds today, help me to focus on your list, not mine.