Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass- it is about learning to dance in the rain.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A friend emailed this to me. I think I need this one today. As I rush around today to get flowers planted, the dry cleaning picked up, make two soccer games, finish sorting my pictures, get ready for a garage sale in two weeks and plan for the last 9 days of classes at school, I want to remember:

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 that are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

May you have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by. (Leave a comment!!)


Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

PJ, I so needed that reminder this morning, thank you :)

ann said...

That was really good. I am sooo quick to judge and jump to conclusions.

truth said...

Oye! Now you have me in tears. I feel like so much is changing right now, a graduation, wedding, my mil's heart true, we just don't know what is going on in the lives of others. I've always tried to give others the benefit of the doubt not knowing what may be going on in their life, but lately, I admit I've been way too impatient.


Ballerina Girl said...

wonderful....we all are not perfect and can't always be the patient understanding one, but messages like these help us to remember...
thank you

PJ said...

Wouldn't you know? It should have been a sign to me. I needed this today too. Half hour ago, someone snipped at me and...I didn't remember!!! Okay, I've repented. I'll try again! Lord, keep me aware that I need to tread matter!

storyteller said...

I’m catching up a bit today … loved your flowers and hope you finished your ‘to-do’ list tasks. I’m so far behind it’s pathetic, but I’m doing one thing at a time as best I can. I’m not sure I understand the ‘comment thing’ in today’s post but don’t have time for anything new. I always comment whenever I visit a blog … so I’m not sure what the point would be except to ‘connect’ … and with more than 1000 unread posts in my Google Reader I’ve got more than enough on MY plate right now ;--)

I read all the posts down to this one and decided I’d leave my comment here. This email is something worth considering and I appreciate you sharing it. Hope all’s well with you and yours,
Hugs and blessings,

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