Friday, December 17, 2004

Best Prayer I've Heard In A Long Time

"Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night, is a single parent who worked nine hours that day & is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry & spend a few precious moments with their 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 couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles & 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 that are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love."

*excerpt from an e-mail just received

7 Comments:

Blogger Jon said...

Dead on!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Trev Diesel said...

Wow.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Chris Boyd said...

I don't understand...why do you need god to help you remember and to remind you of things? You are obviously cognizant of it...can't that be enough?

Not trying to poo-poo the content; it's nice and is definitely food for thought. I'm just an atheist wondering why theists can't do certain things for themselves.

12:44 PM  
Blogger isaiah said...

Thank you for taking time to respond to the post.

You ask, "Why do you need 'god' to remind you of such things?"

I don't know.

Why do you not need 'god'?

For you, not needing God is your path- your way.

"The Beyond All is constantly playing hide and seek with itself."

I cannot escape that part of me that knows what it knows- nor can I or will I try and convince you or anyone that you need anything other than what is in you; what you are experiencing presently.

Just be good, spread love, bring about peace (carry it with you) and think good thoughts. Without knowing or acknowledging...you are...going about the work of God.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Buford said...

The prayer is absolutly true. The key is being able to tap that empathy inside ourselves before we pass judgement.

To chris, this prayer can be used in any context even as an atheist(which I can relate to for I am no christian)We must understand the importance of understanding.

12:48 PM  
Blogger tamingthemind said...

I may not believe in G-d, but I do believe in the prayer's call for love, forgiveness, and empathy.

4:02 PM  
Blogger hayalbahcesi said...

waovv dead on thanks by Hayalbahcesi

9:31 AM  

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