Loving Others [A Prayer]

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Good and gracious God,

In a world
where you can love your family
and love your car,
it can be difficult to truly understand
the love we are called 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
that we are treating them with love.

May we be reminded
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.

And just in case
we didn’t understand
what that love looked 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
and about which
Jesus taught us
knows no bounds,
and sets no limits.

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 earthly desires
and our human instincts
get in the way
and tell us
to protect what we have
when others have all too little,
may we be inspired
toward the fullness of love
to which we are called.

Amen.

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