Merciful God – Amidst the imperfections within me and the differences, imperfections and troubling behaviors of those near to me, please open my eyes and my heart to see and feel the perfect beauty in Your abundant Grace. For me to expect perfection in me and in others only leads me down the darkened path of despair and disappointment. Worse, it breeds intolerance and harsh judgment in me. In Your mercy and in the mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus, please lead my mind, heart and soul in the way of the cross. May I live in You and die in Christ. May I have the faith to trust in You that all the imperfections in me and others will be healed in Your perfect love for all Your children on Earth and in Heaven. May I follow the example of Your Son, Jesus, who embraced with open arms the imperfect, the unloved, the unlovable, the lame and the lost in the perfect love that redeems the world now and forever. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 120 lawyer full service firm in Houston, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to BendingAngel.com.