Remember: Be Kind

prayer for our week from Chaplain AL Boyce

O God, we are human and all without fault as we are imperfect creatures, each one of us.

As the major religions of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judiasm, and Taoism admonish us: "love your neighbor as yourself," remind us to be kind, O God.

In a world that is increasingly harsh, may we go out of our way to speak words of kindness, not reproach; encouragement not shame; optimism not failure; vision not death.

As Texas struggles to survive a natural disaster, may we offer our hands and hearts of compassion to the many who share membership in our human family.

When we see co-workers, family, neighbors struggling, O God remind us again we are all human and we all fail.

Call us back to offering a hand up to those struggling this week. In so doing, may we rest our heads on our pillows this week knowing we have been fully human in our failings and in our kindness.

As the psalmist prayed, may we pray: "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, my Lord and my redeemer."