Lord, I am Having Trouble Loving!

Dear God,

Today I am having trouble loving. My problem is with the authorities who are separating the immigrant children and their parents.  But not just them, I am having trouble loving the citizens who support the authorities who are ordering this to happen.

Today, these are my enemies. I want to pray for their demise. Surely they are who Jesus spoke about when he said,

“…the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…” (Mat 8:12 NRS)

Gnashing of teeth!  That is what I want to happen to them.  Jesus must want it too! I am angry just like Jesus! But wait, Jesus also said,

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven;” (Mat 5:44 NRS)

Forgive my lack of love. Forgive my desire for retribution. Forgive my lack of desire to pray for all those who practice and support the evil against these families.

Give me strength to love. Give me compassion for the enemy, because if you don’t, I can not find it in myself. Give me strength to stop judging and condemning. For that is not my job.

You have given me the job of speaking truth while loving–even the enemy.

Make me unafraid to speak truth–to call out this evil, but to do it because I want the enemy to know there is a better way for them to live–a way where they can share the blessings you have given them.  A way where they can live in peace and joy instead of selfishness and greed.

Let your love shine through me. Make me good at being your daughter.

Amen.

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