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God heard my prayer today

Now I know God hears my prayer’s every day, but today, I really felt he was paying attention to me as I said a prayer for my son who is in serious harm’s way right now, you know, that part of the world where everyone is demonstrating with violence all around. No sooner than I finished my prayer, a simple prayer, that went something like this:

“Dear Lord, I know you hear from me every day and I am always asking for so many things related to our troops, my son, and my granddaughters. Well, I have not heard from my son, Milt III, you know the one who has been over there (God knows just where I speak of) going on nine years now and it’s been a while since I have heard from him. I know you are very busy with trying to fix what is wrong here in this great land you left in our care, and we have not really kept our end of the bargain lately, have we? I try not to call on you for things for myself, but after losing our youngest son, Wayne, Milt is all we have left, so I get a little anxious when we don’t hear from him, knowing what he does, after all, I did the same thing myself for over 20 years, but never have spent nine years in such danger. So, if I call on you to have him let us know he is Ok, forgive me for my selfishness, just an old soldier who really is worried about his son. More than that, I watch Val, his mother; “tear up” as we finish our nightly prayers, knowing the deep concern she has for her very special son. Milt is one of the most giving and kind human beings that I have ever known, you made him special, as you did Wayne, who you took home to you. So as I watch my loving wife, who knows the danger our son is now in, I am asking you only to let him call, or email, to let us know that he is alright.

Please Dear Lord, while you look after all those young men and women serving all over the world, take a moment and check in on Milt, nudge him to call, if he can, and just allow another beautiful gift you gave me, my sweet Val, let her smile and know her, our, wonderful son is OK. I’ll try not to center my prayers on our own concerns, I know so many moms and dad, and family members all over are just as afraid for their loved ones as we are.  God bless our troops and God bless all those serving all over the world for this great country you left in our hands. Keep them safe, and bring as many as you can back home to those who love them so much. I talk to you later tonight, when Val and I will kneel with heads lowered, as we ask again for your loving and caring spirit to watch over those we all love so much. Thank you Lord, thank you for all you have given already to two of your humble children. And whatever you answer, we know you are there, and we know that you care. Amen”

Well, and I made the sign of the cross, ending my prayer, the phone rang, and yes, it was our son, calling only to let us know he is OK, and for us not to worry so much, and then he had to go. We are used to that, but never take it for granted, never think for one moment God may take our son rather than have him call us so we don’t worry. God has always been good to us, so I dare not complain, I can and did say another short prayer to our Father in heaven, and it was simple, something like this:

“Thank you dear lord, again you brought comfort to us as you always do. Val and I will always know where your love comes from, and will always know where it is, your loving and very grateful old soldier and his loving wife, Amen.”

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God heard my prayer todayNow I know God hears my prayer’s every day, but today, I really felt he was paying attention to me as I said a prayer for my son who is in serious harm’s way right now, you know, that part of the world where everyone is demonstrating with violence all around. No sooner than I finished my prayer, a simple prayer, that went something like this:“Dear Lord, I know you hear from me every day and I am always asking for so many things related to our troops, my son, and my…Continue

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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