Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Wonderful Prayer

I received this little prayer via email tonight from my Dad & thought it was really great. It's a reminder that you never know what other people are going through in their own lives & to have a little patience & understanding for others. You never know, your actions might be the highlight of someones day :).
I've noticed that so many people are so quick to judge & treat people in a way that they would never want to be treated. Every time I run across a person like this I just think to myself, "Gosh, it must be hard to be so angry and hateful all of the time".
I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Feel free to steal it & post it on your blog or paste it in an email. I think it's a message worth sharing.

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.
Matt 5:44

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