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John Kuhlman
12-01-2004, 09:55 AM
I was just introduced to this prayer and thought it worth sharing with the group:

"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."

Dale Fricke
12-02-2004, 09:41 PM
Nice! well done
thx for posting
we all need a little of that from time to time :D

Ragsbo
12-03-2004, 07:40 AM
If we only knew!

John Kuhlman
12-03-2004, 09:23 PM
I've come to learn from my relatively short time on earth that there are few truly evil people. Most of the grief between people comes from a misunderstanding or miscommunication and an overdose of ego.

Most "bad" done to people is accidental. Or, if I correct someone and intend it to be at a level of 1 (on a scale of 1-10), they might interpret it as a 10 from their point of view.

Then again before someone thinks I'm a flower peddler, those who intentionally cause harm to me or others...well, all bets are off then.

To paraphrase an overused line: "Their misdeeds are between them and God. I just want to help expedite their meeting." :D

Dan-O
12-04-2004, 04:28 AM
Thank You John,
Thank you for that needed dose of perspective.
I was getting a little "Type A" and that helped alot.
True Evil exists,I have seen it. You are right that it is pretty rare.
Im greatfull to live in America,where for the most part,True Evil will never get the foothold it has in other places.
Thank You John. :)