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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Before You Judge

My sister sent me this prayer. I needed this becasue too often I see the world through near-sighted eyes and with a heart that's crusted with unconcern. I don't mean to, but my focus becomes warped, my judgment swift, in this fast-paced, crazy world we live in. Be kind. Love abundantly. Pray for the broken-hearted.
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.

5 comments:

Erica Vetsch said...

A much needed prayer in my life. Thanks for posting it.

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Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

Carla,

I needed this prayer too. Thanks for sharing it. Blessings to you.

Jan Parrish said...

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Carla Gade said...

Carla,
That is just a wonderful prayer. May it be the prayer in many hearts including my own.
Blessings,
Carla Gade