FOR SELF-ABSORBED PEOPLE: A PRAYER
JOGGING THE MIND AND HEART. I'd run across this before, but Rick Shelton passed this along via e-mail today. He labeled it "the best prayer I've read in a long time." I'll reassign a title: "A prayer for self-absorbed people." Not sure that's the right wording, for it is not calling us to pray for self-absorbed people. Certainly, these need--I need--prayer! But this is a prayer a self-absorbed person can pray and the very utterance can trigger a remembrance of forgotten or unheeded realities about many people we encounter and misjudge, label, and dismiss every day.
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.