Things will happen to us and around us today and as they do, we will react to them.
It is our natural response to react in self-centered ways; if something good happens we react with gratitude for the blessing we have received and if something bad happens we react with defensiveness against the threat we have experienced.
Perhaps those are appropriate reactions. But perhaps they are not the best initial reactions.
Help us to grow in grace so that, whatever happens, our first reaction is to turn toward you in prayer.
Help us to grow in love so that, whatever happens, our second reaction is to turn toward others in compassion.
Help us to grow in faith so that, whatever happens, our eventual and inevitable reaction of thinking about ourselves is guided by trust rather than fear and by humility rather than pride.