A Prayer I Got Today in the Email

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A Valentine’s Day Prayer

“Love is
patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It
is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no
record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It
always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” –
I CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 NIV

Lord,
Because love is patient…
Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen.
Hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage,
remembering your endless patience with me.

Because love is kind…

Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful. Remind me to smile
and to say “Please” and “Thank You”
because those little things still mean so much.

Because love does not envy or boast, and it
is not proud…

Help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others. May I
celebrate and appreciate all that I have and all that I am, as well as doing
the same for those around me.

Because love is not rude or
self-seeking…

Help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart. When
I’m tempted to get wrapped up in my own little world, remind me
there’s a great big world out there full of needs and hurts.

Because love is not easily angered and keeps
no record of wrongs…

Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. When I want to hold onto a
grudge, gently help me release it so I can reach out with a hand of love
instead.

Because love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth…

Help me stand up for what is right and good. May I defend the defenseless, and
help the helpless. Show me how I can make a difference.

Because love always protects and always
trusts…

Help me to be a refuge for those around me. When the world outside is harsh and
cold, may my heart be a place of acceptance and warmth.

Finally, because love always perseveres…

Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others. Thank you for this
day when we celebrate love, and for showing us what that word really means.
Amen.

 

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