Sometimes during my workout, I take the word “neighbor” literally as the person on the machine next to me. Yesterday someone was there and as I was working out I started praying for him. I prayed for him, his family, his friends, and his job, but it felt jumbled and messy, and not quite right.
I stopped myself for a moment and thought…
Holy Spirit, please give me the words to pray for this man.
I think I was hoping for specifics about him to better pray for this one man, but the next thoughts that started flowing through my mind were…
Let him Glorify You with his life,
Let him Glorify You through his marriage,
Let him Glorify You through his children,
Let him Glorify You through his job,
Let him Glorify You through his family,
Let him Glorify You through his friends.
Let him Glorify You in all aspects of his life.
Let him Glorify You with his life.
Halfway through this prayer I realized that these words were not mine, they did not come from me. I realized this prayer had been given to me.
I am still in awe of this perfect prayer. It’s beautiful simplicity and it’s perfect logic that both allow it to be prayed over everyone while keeping it always aligned with His will.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
– James 1:17
It is so amazing to me that as we delve into a greater understanding and knowledge of another’s past slowly a shield of love is built around our hearts. This is no ordinary shield, but seems to work in a very special way.
Any unkindness, anger, or hatred aimed at this shield by the other is transformed into love through understanding their past before being repelled back towards them, while any love or kindness given by the other is doubled as it freely passes and is returned back to them.
Sweet Lord please fill us with understanding, empathy, compassion and love for our neighbors so that we might be covered with Your Shield of Love!
I watched the PBS documentary, The Mystery of Love, this evening.
At one point the documentary was discussing loving the whole world and it was mentioned that the Buddhists all say that during their wedding ceremonies the bride and the groom should marry the whole world, through this one person, and that rabbis have a similar expression that the whole world is a huppa or the whole world is a wedding canopy.
On the morning of his wedding, Ketsu Norman Fisher, a Zen master wrote this poem.
Of all the women in all the world
Delicate in their various encasings of body, of mind;
This one, bent asleep before me, in the bed,
Is the one through whom all must be loved,
As I have promised.
I thought this was beautiful and I had this moment of truly feeling loved and honored by this man who I have never met, but knows that I am delicate. What a blessing!!!
In Our Best Life I know that I truly love all of you and since I want to live Our Best Life now, I am going to begin intentionally trying to love the whole world! I pray to be able to truly love everyone who is put in my path and I pray to send YOU my love by loving everyone who is put in my path.
Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself. It is Our Best Life, let’s LIVE it!