A Prayer


Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk
  who cut us off 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
 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 savouring 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.



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