Thursday, July 15, 2010


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 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. Matt 5:44 

Working for God on earth doesn't pay much. . but His retirement plan is out of this world..





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  1. I love this prayer. Thanks for sharing.

    I did a lot of praying last night. My husband was out of town and I knew it would be a difficult night. I visited this site and went back and read many, many posts to help me fight the urge. Two really impacted me (and I didn't pay attention to the names) - one was from someone who had a dui, spent 4 days in jail, was arrested again for dui 4 days after being released. The other was a lady in her 50s who had been drinking heavily since her teens and had been hospitalized 8 times for a condition caused by drinking but every time she was released she would go back to drinking. Those two posters helped me to realize how serious this could get, no matter where you start. They gave me the extra strength I needed to fight it off. Thank you to whoever you were - you really helped me last night!

    And thank you Emily, for providing this site so that I could find those posts and get the strength from them that I really, really needed!!

  2. Love this prayer's exactly how I'm trying to live my life right now....simple, slower, more relaxed, carefree, not in such a hurry all the time, not cussing others (strangers) when they're in my way on the street or in a store....when I find myself getting irritated with someone for "gettin in my way", I get into my own head and tell myself, "give this person a break Annette, you have no idea whatsoever what's goin on in their personal lives right now....they may be walking slow cuz they're sick or sad, etc." In the grand scheme of things - I have an excellent, happy, loving, carefree, comfortable life....if my stupid alcoholism (that I have under control "today") is my biggest whine in the "whiny bag", then I should consider myself grateful!

  3. Great prayer!! Thank you!

  4. Emily, thank you for finding that prayer and sharing it. It really touched my heart.

    How are you doing? I keep thinking about what happened to you in court the other day, and am wondering if there's something all of us can do to help?