Give me a heart of compassion to see through eyes of loveā€”to understand that you value each one of us the same. Help me understand that sometimes dire situations drive people to do terrible things. Thank you for channeling my anger, hurt and betrayal into love.

Your banner over me is love! I will raise that banner high.
Grace and humility will be my calling.

Help me understand that hurt drives out, but love draws close.
Fear paralyzes and pushes away, but love compels and gathers in.
Shame separates and scars, but love heals and renews.
Pain isolates and wounds, but love binds up the broken and builds bridges.
Your love has covered a multitude of my sins. It is my highest honor to spread abroad that same love.

Pastor Lisa Reddy