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Feb. 29, 2020 - Prayer Tip

Part of my normal morning routine is listening to the beginning headlines of the ”Today” Show while I get ready for work. A few days ago while I was listening, they were talking about a news story that involved two strangers on an airplane. I don’t know all the details because I missed the beginning of the segment, but one of the passengers reclined their seat, the other didn’t like it, and one of them started kicking and pushing on the other’s seat. The commentary turned into a debate on whether people should or shouldn’t recline their seats on an airplane and whose comfort was more important: the person who wanted to recline their seat or the person whose space was invaded because of a reclined seat in front of them. Listening to this, I thought to myself "Really?! This is what we’ve come to? Whatever happened to being a decent person and respecting those around us and not focusing, first and only, on our own comforts and desires??" This may be a silly example, but it’s really stuck with me this week. I’m not saying we should be doormats and let people walk all over us, especially in issues of abuse or oppression (that’s an entirely different issue). But if we can’t be kind and loving to one another in small and ordinary ways, how in the world are we ever going to come together when it really matters? Lord God, We thank you that you show your love to us in so many ways. Help us to look beyond ourselves to let others see your love in us through our words, actions, and attitudes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.