Loving God, help us to remember, that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night, is a single mother, who worked nine hours that day and was 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 nineteen year old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting student loans for next semester.
Remind us that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day, is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares, or maybe he is just down on his luck and truly does need help.
Help us to remember, that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress is savoring the moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, that this will be the last year that they will go shopping together.
Remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest is love. It is not enough to share that love with those who hold us dear. Open our hearts, not just to those who are close to us but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judgment and quick to forgiveness and patience and empathy and love. Amen.