Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Prayer

I received this in an e-mail today. I know I needed to read it so I've decided to re-post.

Heavenly Father
, Help us remember that the jerk who
cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine
hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the
laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who
can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old
college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams
with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging
for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a
slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares .
Help us to remember that the old couple walking
annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are
savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back
last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together .
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the
gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that
love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are
close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to
forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

2 comments:

DebbieP said...

WOW, thanks for this powerful reminder.

Melissa said...

Amen.