Line Four

Bless my dealings with all who surround me.

O God who hears my prayer, I’m not alone in your world. I am surrounded by your beloved children. The five year old boy next door, the widow across the street, and the youth walking to the middle school past my house. The drivers in line before and behind me, the smiling teen who gives me my Dunkin’ coffee. This morning, I seek your blessing as I encounter them all.

In my dealings, help me pay attention to those around me. Bless me with the presence of self to make eye contact. Remind me to express gratitude. Create in me a clean heart that gives everyone the benefit of the doubt. Help me to take no offense, whether offense is intended or not.

Bless my dealings with all who surround me, not just some. I will never see some people again, and this is my one chance to show kindness. I will see others often, and it is my ongoing honor to bless them with honesty and high regard. They are not means to my own ends. Bless me with the good sense to remember this!

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Johnna

I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

6 thoughts on “Line Four”

  1. Love the spirit of this prayer–the intent of loving kindness. Reminds me of that blessing–not sure who penned it–
    “Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us; so be quick to love and make haste to be kind, and the blessing of God almighty….”

    1. I love that blessing! I hadn’t heard it until a few months ago. Thank you for reminding me of it. I’m going to chase down the source…

  2. Lord, fill me so full of your light that everyone around me can feel the radiance of your light, love and truth

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