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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

 

A Powerful Prayer

Dear Readers:

I'm back from Chicago and while I want to share a DIVA PRINCIPLE update, I feel compelled to first share this powerful prayer with you. I received this prayer from my sister in Ohio, no telling where it originated. If anyone knows, please feel free to contact me - I'd love to thank them personally.

This made me weep with pain as I realized how impatient I can sometimes be. I pray these words will make you think, as I did, that all is not what it may seem.

God Bless and Keep you.

The Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time...

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 just to 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.

In Jesus Name,
Amen
Allison
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