Gracious God, we pray for ourselves and all women as leaders.

Give us and them, open hearts and opportunities to serve.

Give us and them, listening hearts so that your words flow through us as we talk, teach, serve and lead.

Give us and them, the courage to step outside of our plans and programs if you have another path for us to take, as well as the discipline to stay on course amidst distraction and interruption.

We pray for the capacity to welcome all people with love and warmth.

Give us and them, patience, endurance, and fortitude.

Keep us and them, healthy, rested, and full of joy from beginning to end. Amen.

Source: Original prayer, written by Andrea Dean, inspired by the writings of Stephanie Hillberry.