There are 7.3 billion people in this world. You know all of them. We know just a few.
Today we will encounter some of them.
Whoever comes our way, help us to see them as you see them: as your creation that you love so much that you gave your Son for each and every one of them.
Whoever comes our way, help us to treat them with respect, with acceptance, with grace, and with love. Keep us from prejudging anyone. Protect us from stereotypes and caricatures.
Let us be a help to those in need, an encouragement to those who are discouraged, a witness to those who need to meet you, and a friend to all.
Whoever comes our way, let us embrace them as fellow travelers and fellow strugglers.
In every encounter, help us to be kind.