A Prayer of Compassion
There are times when compassion is easy, like when a friend’s house floods knee-deep with sewage during a hurricane. And there are times, many times, when we don’t think things through from someone else’s perspective at all.
I’m as guilty of it as you are. So I’ve written up a little prayer for myself:
From over-concern for my own comfort, Save me, Lord.
From irritation at inconvenience, Save me, Lord.
From distress over first-world problems, Save me, Lord.
From blindness to how I can help, Save me, Lord.
From self-indulgence when others are in need, Save me, Lord.
From a desire to do good so that I feel good about myself, Save me, Lord.
At the end of every day, ask: To whom have I shown compassion today?
Hopefully there is always a ready answer. Hopefully, there are many possible answers. And when there are not, there’s one more prayer to add:
Thank you, Lord, for your compassion, even when mine is lacking.
Most of God’s work happens quietly, changing hearts and minds and lives in ways we can’t see.
It’s good for the heart to put some effort into seeing the world from different angles.