Encourage someone today!

Give me a kind heart that will endure,
One that's strong and secure.
To help someone along the way,
May this be my goal everyday.
Let me lend a helping hand
To someone whose life has not gone as planned.
Reaching out to one in need,
May this be my daily good deed,
To provide a guiding light
For someone lost in the dark of night,
Let me take time to care
For someone experiencing despair,
Whatever I do, everywhere I go, 
Your will, dear Lord, let me know.

                                                         Eve Kiley

I say this prayer every morning. It’s one my mom gave me when she was 95, six years before she died. 

     “I try to help someone every day,’ she told me, ‘and I want you to have a copy of this prayer that I read every day.” With that, Mom marched down to the front desk where she was living, prayer in hand, and asked Delia to make a copy for me.  

    My mom was very wise. She knew that when we repeat something, be it a poem, scripture or prayer, we begin to internalize the message and act on it. I guess that’s what she wanted from me. 

In this prayer we are asking God to guide us in lending a helping hand in a variety of situations: some, just minor bumps along life’s road; others, life changing, life chattering caverns.  

·      To someone whose life has not gone as planned: this might be for those who, looking back over their life, had thought and hoped that they would have experienced more joys.

·      Reaching out to one in need: this might involve a small act of kindness for a small need. 

·      For someone lost in the dark of night: this might be for someone who is not certain of the right decisions to make during a particular stretch in life.

·      For someone experiencing despair: this might be for someone in the midst of terrible tragedy was feeling no hope or resolution.

      This prayer starts by asking God to give us kind heart. Um, I thinking that that’s where prayer for others begins. 

Luke 6:35 - But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

Amen ⭐