Monday, June 17, 2013

A Prayer for Monday, June 17, 2013

Choices, Part 11

O God,

Help us to choose compassion over apathy.

Most of us are not mean and hateful; we do not try to do harm to others and we do not want others to suffer. We are much more likely, though, to close our eyes and our lives to those who are suffering.

We are also likely to close our eyes to some of the causes of much of the suffering that goes on in our society, causes that have to do with power, with money, with greed, and with exploitation.

Forgive us for our apathy and give us grace to turn away from it.

Fill us instead with compassion, a compassion that leads us first of all to pay attention to what is happening to other people and that then leads us to do what we can, both individually and in concert with others, to help.

Show us what we can do to help and then give us strength to do it.

Help us to choose compassion over apathy.


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