Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Let's start year 2006 with a prayer I received this morning by e-mail:

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.


Blogger Liam said...


That's a lovely prayer. Thanks for the Christmas greetings; I haven't been able to get to my computer to respond until now. The season, isn't finished, however. I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and I wish you and your family a great new year.


1/02/2006 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger normo said...

Good Job! I will try to remember too. Norman

1/03/2006 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Jack Bennett said...

That's one prayer I'll remember, thanks...and Happy New Year!

1/03/2006 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Happy New Year to all of you. I'm glad you guys liked the prayer.

1/03/2006 08:22:00 PM  

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