Loving Abundantly [A Prayer]

The-Flip-Side-of-Love

Good and gracious God,

In a world where you can both
LOVE your family
and
LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream,
it can be difficult
to truly understand
the love
you call us to practice.

With so many ideas
and understandings
of love
we provide ourselves
with a buffet of choices
for how to treat our neighbor
and still be able to believe
we are treating them
with love.

Remind us that Jesus
was never so broad
in his definition of love.

He taught us to care for those in need. Period.
To bind up the brokenhearted. Period.
To feed those who were hungry.
To cloth those who were naked.
To visit those in prison.

No “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts.”

And just in case
we didn’t understand
what that love looks like…
he showed us.

“No greater love has anyone than this,
that they lay down their lives for their friends.”

Love, true love,
the love to which we are called,
the love
about which
Jesus taught us,
knows no bounds
and sets no limits.

Loving God,
may we be encouraged
to be more loving
with each person we meet,
to show more love to those in need,
and to share our love
in ways that help make this world
a better place for ALL people.

And when
our our earthly desires
and our human instincts
get in the way
and tell us
to protect what we have
even as others
have all too little,
may we be inspired
to a life
that practices love
more unconditionally.

Amen.

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