#386 - Visiting the City - Part 3
Volume 1 - Prayers to Love God
Dear Father, what is wrong with me? What is wrong with my heart? There is a homeless man or woman, sleeping on a cardboard box. There is another homeless person sitting in a chair at a busy intersection, begging for compassion. Father, why do I ignore these people? I know why. They frighten me. They may hurt or verbally abuse me if I try to help them. They are messy and unclean. They may get me dirty. I don't want to smell their odor. They may entrap me, pulling me into their problems in such a way that I'm forced to keep helping them. I don't have time. I have my own problems. Besides, I didn't end up homeless. I somehow managed to stay off the street. They deserve to be where they are. Perhaps a few nights in the cold will teach them to be more responsible in life.Father, what on earth am I thinking? There but by the grace of God go I. Where would I be if I grew up in a broken home? Where would I be if I grew up in poverty? Where would I be if my father abandoned my family? Where would I be if I grew up in a crime-infested neighborhood and lacked strong parental influence? Where would I be if any one of the huge mistakes I've made in life happened to have led me to the street? Father, this trip to the city has been a compassion checkup on my character and, apparently, I'm not well. Forgive me. Drive out of my heart that godless spirit that lacks compassion and empathy for people who are suffering. Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, and mind so that the Holy Spirit will help me love those who You love - the poor, the outcast, and the disadvantaged. Father, these dear people messed up their lives. You have put them on the path for me to show the incredible compassionate love of God. Help me to take my first step of a lifestyle of mercy with the next homeless person I see. Amen.
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