It’s cold. Where I live it’s irritatingly cold; in many places it’s dangerously cold.
When it’s cold we go into self-protection mode: we put on sweaters and coats and hats and gloves and scarves to protect ourselves from the cold; we stay inside and hunker down against what’s going on outside.
Remind us that we tend to do similar things when another person is or other people are cold toward us. Remind us that when someone rejects us or ignores us or dismisses us we tend to go into a shell to protect ourselves from getting hurt.
Help us to be secure enough in our relationship with you, in our perception of ourselves, and in our healthy relationships with people that we do not feel threatened when someone is cold toward us.
Help us also to be aware enough of how it feels to be treated as if we are unworthy, unimportant, or unwanted that we will never be cold toward another person. Help us instead to treat everyone we know and everyone we encounter as your precious creation and as our partner on the journey. Help us to treat everyone with a spirit and attitude of love, grace, and acceptance.