Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What The World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love....

I received this in an email today and wanted to share. How often are we frustrated by other's actions not realizing what may be going on in their life? *sigh*If we could only remember to at least whisper a prayer for them instead of being aggravated!


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.


(Author: Unknown to Me)

6 comments:

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing this sweetie, love you.

Karen said...

Reminds me of what my mama always told me....."walk a mile in their shoes." We've become an impatient society, haven't we.

Lady of Value said...

This is so true! We are very impatient these days.

Melanie said...

What a precious reminder. You just never know what someone else is going through.

Sharon said...

This is so true! I use to be an extremely impatient person (selfish). God has changed my thinking, but I still need to be reminded. When I see the tatooed & pierced, purple-haired, black leather, guy or girl, my heart goes out to them with sympathy. All they wanted as children was love, attention, and security. I usually say a quick prayer for them and if I'm close enough to them, I look them in the eye and smile.

Unashamed said...

It's sad that we have to learn to love those who are different from us. It's just another consequence of sin in this world. Lord, have mercy on me and help me to love ALL those you died for.