Dear Tender Shepherd,
I confess to You, my good and gentle Shepherd, that I have an angry well of rage inside my heart. I have spoken ill of my neighbors, I have neglected to love them as my own. I have procrastinated on tasks I need to do, assuming that they will complete themselves. I have been lazy. I also feel like I have developed an apathetic attitude towards life. I recognize that these emotions, attitudes, and behaviors are unhealthy, so I now I ask You to delete them from my heart. Delete my tendencies to fall back on sloth, like it would be the answer to all my problems or make my problems disappear from my heart and life.
Thank You for allowing me to be able to see my cousin Madeline today because I know she looks up to me as a role model, and it always makes my heart soar when she and I hang out. Father, she was so excited to see me that she had me go see Ms. Longman, who I know already from going to school with her as Emily, and thank You for making me somebody that she can be proud of. Thank You also for blessing my fundraising efforts in regards to Phil’s Friends by supplying not only what I needed but also adding even more as extra gifts of support. Thank You for allowing my great-grandma to make a seamless transition into her new living arrangements in the assisted living community. Her memory is not all there, and she is nervous but surviving her first day in her new home. She is not too sure about her dining companions and her new setup in her apartment, but I ask You to continue to bless her and watch over her in her new home. In time, she will be fine; she’s a feisty German Lutheran woman, and we can’t expect anything less!
Father, as You know, my best friend Nikkole is graduating from hair school tomorrow, and she is incredibly nervous about that. Even though she already has a salon job, she is stressed out to the extreme about all the work she has to do to finish up. Protect her from harm, danger, and physical ailments or sickness. She’s missed too many days of school already, and she needs to change that habit during her career. Help her to do so, and make it be a smooth transition from one habit to another. Help her to not be so anxious with life in general.
I would like to ask at this time for You to help guide my morning and bedtime meds so that they continue to work cohesively with my mind and body. I pray also that You would help me learn to manage my time more effectively, through pushing me to create a set schedule and stick to it. I also ask that you continue to harvest the financial gifts of those who I have reached and inspired to give to Phil’s Friends as a means of support. In doing so they are taking a bold stand against cancer, and that’s a beautiful thing, I think.
In Your Son’s holy name, I pray,