Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Loving Your Neighbor Is Hard. A Prayer For The Eighteenth Day Of Lent

Lord, we say all the right things about loving our neighbors and caring for those whose lives are closely linked with ours. But we lie. We are easily angered by people. We do not extend grace to others even though grace has been extended to us. When we are tested, we respond as the world responds - with anger and frustration.

Break us of our pride. Fill us with your Spirit. Help us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Change our hearts so that this area that is our glaring weakness can be transformed and the world can say, "Surely God is great because he filled those callous people with selfless love."

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

-Ben Reed, March 9, 2010

A Prayer Attributed To St. Francis
Taken From The Book Of Common Prayer for The Episcopal Church (1979)

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

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