Prayer requests for those so inclined….
This week I rushed out of the metro in DC and breezed past a dad and two young children who were at the top of the metro; he asked for money to feed his kids. About 10 steps after I passed them my brain and heart actually “saw” them.
The dad tired, worn and concerned—but attentive to the kids. The kids were in a stroller, guessing under the age of 5. The youngest, a boy, strapped in. The girl, standing in the stroller facing her dad, chatting, wearing a yellow dress.
I stopped and actually thought, what the hell is wrong with me—it’s insanely hot, no one wants to ask for help, and it’s clear he’s worried about his kids. How can I walk by? I went back, handed him $20, and said “hope this helps today.” His eyes lit up and he blessed me and gave me a sincere thank you.
I pray for Little Miss Sunshine in her yellow dress, her dad and brother. Help their neighbors see them… truly see them. Wash away our disdain, judgement, and self-centeredness.
Enable us to see the person and extend humanity to them as we can… a smile, a meal, a donation, a contact, a prayer. Surround them with compassion. Connect them with programs. Blanket them in hope. Protect them with your grace.