This morning as I was reading scripture, inspirational devotions and writing in my journal, I ran across a prayer I wanted to share. It is excerpted from Living Faith, Vol. 32; No. 3, by Phil Fox Rose.
THE SET ASIDE PRAYER
“God, please help me set aside everything I think I know about myself and this passage, and you, so I may have a new experience of these things.”
Short and to the point, it struck me that we could all benefit from the openness, and child-like humility that this suggests as we not only read, but also watch, experience and discuss. It takes humility to be teachable and open-minded. Oftentimes we adults are too arrogant, rigid, and close-minded to learn anything new. We jump to conclusions, judge others, and dismiss views that run counter to our preconceived notions about the world and its people. Scripture tells us to be open and teachable like children, and to be dependent upon God. My prayer is that we all open ourselves to new experiences during this most holy and festive of seasons. Perhaps we can take steps towards greater understanding, appreciation and respect for others. Peace, Joy and Love.