Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Prayer for Love

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 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.

-- Anonymous source

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Vaught...just finally got to your site and it is very good. Great job keeping the posts up...not sure I could do that every day.

I'll try to keep up as much as I can. If you are near Tomball (your dad's ole stompin grounds) let us know. Would love to have you stop by!

Take care - Brad

vaught_family said...

Thanks Brad. I'm not sure when we'll be in that area but we would love to see you. If we're around later this summer maybe we can get together.

crazykarl7 said...

That was good. I usually take credit for anonymous stuff. Not like someone is going to call me on it.

"Hey that was written by anonymous! "

"how do you know it wasn't me?"

vaught_family said...

Next time I will publish it as Carl, because if I publish it as myself you might take credit for it.