Please forgive me for the angry words and thoughts I have had in my head this evening. Please take them away and help me to remember that only YOU know my heart and only YOU know my every thought. Please help me to honestly and truly forgive the person who felt the need to leave a very mean-spirited and judgmental comment to what I last wrote. Please help take away the biting, sarcastic words I want to throw back with lightning speed. Please, please, please, let these words simply disappear from my memory as I forgive the person who wrote them. Please help me remember that she truly cannot believe that I enjoy feeling depressed and want attention, and that though her saying so is cruel and unwarranted, you know the truth of my heart.
Lord, please bless “Anonymous” as she must have some intense hurts and issues that she felt the need to project to me. Please remind her, gently, that she has no idea what my relationship with John is like, nor has she EVER been in my shoes as I am the only one who walks them each day. Though she and I may share something similar in life experience, Lord I ask that you gently remind her that was she actually to walk in my shoes, she’d know just how cutting and undeserved her words were.
Lord, you know how grateful I am for the miracle of a new life you have again entrusted to me. I pray that I will never let the words of others prevent me from sharing my thoughts and my heart with my child.
And most importantly, Lord, if this is NOT a stranger…as I somehow suspect because I can’t imagine how she can say she can look into John’s face and see his hurt, or see that I am hurting him because I am all about me….I pray with every inch of my heart that if they have the courage to present themselves to me that I will immediately and sincerely embrace them in forgiveness.
This is not an easy prayer for me to make, Lord, and one I make in faith that you will take the hurt in my heart and use it for your glory in this person’s life.
Lord, thank you for the gifts of gentle people in my life...and thank you for helping me realize that if I DO radiate happiness, it is only through your grace and your mercy.
In your most Heavenly and Precious name I ask these things,
A gentle word turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27