*Pastor’s Note: This prayer may seem like it is based in sarcasm, but to many this is the perspective they are thinking of. When we DO pray for those that are around us and do so in the light of love, our perspectives start to change. Let’s allow the change to begin with and in us.
Dearest Heavenly Father,
Help us remember that 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 we think 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 those around us. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love. Lord, let Your light shine through so that what they see is You!
In Jesus’ Name we pray. . . . Amen!