Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off
in traffic last night is a single father 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 his 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.
If you send this to 5 people, then you have a chance to touch 5 people.
You won't get any wish for material things, however you might just
find a piece of serenity and the warmth of God's touch.
Working for God on earth doesn't pay much.....but His retirement plan
is out of this world!