Breath Prayer for your week: "Loving God, make me able to love all people."
When facing death, your own or the death of a loved one, I have learned it is not "iron sharpening iron," but iron being sharpened. Whether by stone or sharpener, it matters little, your life is brought into focus and what matters least, what needs to be cast aside, is done a bit at a time. We are not left the same but, by grace, I think we do get some say about how we will end up (This is part of our being freed from sin which I will touch on in an upcoming YouTube video).
One of the more difficult parts of this is how loving others and forgiveness plays into the sharpening. I just cannot seem to shake the nagging work of the Holy Spirit convicting me of this particular element. It is not just forgiving we are called to do though. We are called to love. Love not just family and friends. Not just acquaintances or that person who stole our parking space at Wal-Mart. We are called to even love our enemies. On this account, Jesus did not mince words:But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. (Luke 6:35)
So let me suggest this idea for you to take on. As you pray this prayer, consider someone (or someones) you struggle getting along with. Rather than say "all people" insert their name. If you are dealing with a hidden bigotry, consider praying for that people group. Breath prayers are simple prayers. I did not say they would be easy. (For more on Simple Prayer, go to my YouTube video)