Jun 30, 2007

An Everyday Prayer...

Dear Abba, Father and King,

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.

Working for God on earth doesn't pay much... but His retirement plan is out of this world!

Blogging on location: Gramma's House!!


T with Honey said...

This was a serious tear jerker!

Although that woman that cut you off in traffic may have been me this week. I try, but too many times I found myself leaving work later than I should have and was just hoping I'd get to day care before the 'late fees' started to pile up.

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

GREAT post, Sara - but my keyboard is NOT waterproof!

Angie said...

Thanks for posting this, Sara! It was in our church bulletin several years ago, and had long since forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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