A Story And A Prayer Surrounding The Judging Of Others

“A 24-year-old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted… “Dad, look the trees are moving backwards!” His dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby looked at the 24-year old’s childish behavior with pity, when suddenly the boy exclaimed… “Dad, look the clouds are running with us!” The couple began to really feel sorry for the boy, as well for his father, and suddenly said to the old man… “Has it been difficult for you to raise a developmentally challenged child?” The old man chuckled and said… “Actually, my son was blind from birth and we just came from the hospital where he finally got his eyes back…”

Have you ever grossly misjudged someone like this at any point in your life? I know I have and have had to put my foot in my mouth a number of times because of it. While it’s relatively easy to judge someone at first glance, it’s not so easy to take back those judgments once they’re vocalized, especially when they’re wrong.

I went through this just recently at a friend’s party I attended. There, where the predominant attendees were gay men, someone showed up that I had always assumed was gay himself. When I approached him, smiled and said, “I always wondered if you were gay and now I know!”, he responded uncomfortably and said “Actually I’m not, and this is my wife.” I’m sure I turned two sheets of red after that just like I did when I’ve asked a few women over the years how far along they were with their pregnancies only to find out they were just heavier-set women with a bulge in that area. Or when I’ve asked individuals where their accent was from only to find out it was just from a speech impediment. So yes, I’ve definitely put my foot in my mouth far too many times because of making erroneous judgments just like the couple did in this story.

Obviously, I still have some work to do in this area of my life, so I’m glad this story was a good reminder of that for me, as ultimately, I think the only one who’s really qualified to ever make any type of judgment is God, and I’m definitely not that, that’s for sure…

God, I pray for help to have greater restraint of pen and tongue in my life, especially when my mind starts to make up rash judgments of someone else from a first glance. Please guide me in all my thoughts, words, and actions so that they may become free from judging others, as I desire to leave that solely up to You.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

The Morning Prayer

Prayer is an interesting thing in that I tend to believe everybody utilizes in their own unique way. But if there was one commonality I’ve seen amongst all those who do use prayer in their life is that it’s usually the morning prayer, i.e. the first one of the day, that they consider to be the most important. I tend to agree because any time I’ve ever skipped or forgotten to do it, it often seems as if the rest of that day has become far more chaotic than when I have done my morning prayer.

That being said, I have continued to maintain the belief that there isn’t a right or wrong way to pray nor do I think that one prayer holds more weight than another to God because of the way it’s said or how long of time one puts into it. In fact, sometimes even the simplest prayer of “God please help me” can be more effective when spoken with an open heart and tears, than saying a lofty one that takes over thirty minutes.

But In regards to the morning prayer itself, I must say that for me it changes all the time, mostly depending on how I’m feeling when I awake. Even so, occasionally I find myself saying the same one multiple days in a row, especially when I’m feeling connected to its words. Most of the time the words are of my own creation and come straight from my heart, but once in a while, I come across someone else’s prayer that truly moves me and stirs my soul.

I discovered one of those just recently in a book I was reading by a United Methodist pastor named Adam Hamilton. In the book, he shared that he starts each of his mornings always in the same way, with a very simple prayer. Because of its simplicity, yet still profound in its statement as well, I was moved enough to share it in my blog today with the rest of the world. Why I like it so much is because it says exactly how I want my relationship to be with God every single day I continue to breathe on this planet.

So, if you happen to be someone who struggles at times with prayer, especially in the morning when starting your day, I encourage you to try this one, as you may just find its simplicity as soothing and guiding as I have.

“God, once again I offer my life to You. Use me today to do Your work and Your will. Help me to honor You and to live for You and to be used by You.”

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

A Christmas Blessing And Prayer For All

It’s Christmas Day and one where not everyone will be celebrating. Of course, some of those are people who don’t live in places in this world where it’s a custom, and others are simply just part of religions that don’t take part in it. But then there’s many others who otherwise would, but due to unfortunate life factors they won’t be this year.

Maybe that’s because they don’t have any family or loved ones.

Maybe that’s because they’re homeless.

Maybe that’s because they’re so addicted to something like alcohol, gambling, sex, or drugs.

Maybe it’s because they’re sick and ailing.

Or maybe it’s because of some else altogether.

Regardless, it’s my hope that each of us will remember those people today and at least send a blessing out to all those who are less fortunate.

It’s something that’s quite easy to forget, especially when opening presents or over indulging in food that some never get of either today.

So as I wish and bless each of you a Merry Christmas, I also leave you with a special prayer that goes out to all those who may not be feeling so fortunate today…

Dear God, I know that there are those out there who won’t be celebrating this Christmas, who otherwise normally would be. For whatever their reason God, I ask that you bless each of them, and at least let them all know You love them unconditionally. For its on special days like today where I often believe there are many out there who need a reminder of that. And may I also be a vessel to carry that out for You today, an extension of Your unconditional love, for at least one person that truly needs to know they are unconditionally loved. Amen.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson

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