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 was 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 is 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 just to those who are close to us but also to all humanity.
Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive.
Bless us with patience, empathy, and love.
PLEASE – Don’t be afraid or ashamed to look someone in the eye and say, “I love you.” It may change their day from bad to good or as my grandson would add, “It could also change their day from good to gooder.”
I sign all e-mails and letters to my friends with, “Love Ya”; why don’t you?