AS WE TOUCH WE LEAVE OUR IDENTITY

 

Heartprints

 

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”1 “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”2

William Wordsworth also said it well: “That best portion of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”

The following well-known anonymous poem is well worth a reminder:

    “Whatever our hands touch –
    We leave fingerprints!
    On walls, on furniture
    On doorknobs, dishes, books.
    There’s no escape.
    As we touch we leave our identity.”

So for today’s suggested prayer: “Dear God:

    ‘Wherever I go today

 


    Help me leave heartprints!
    Heartprints of compassion
    Of understanding and love.

    ‘Heartprints of kindness
    And genuine concern.
    May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
    Or a runaway daughter
    Or an anxious mother
    Or perhaps an aged grandfather.

    ‘Send me out today
    To leave heartprints.
    And if someone should say,
    “I felt your touch,”
    May they also sense the love
    that is deep within my heart.’3

“Thank You God for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”

1. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV).
2. Proverbs 14:31 (NIV).

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