Prayer to help others

Awaken me to opportunity,
To open doors in my community,
To searching hearts that were resistant,
To bring those near who once were distant.

O Lord, outside are friends and neighbors,
All busy with their lives and labors,
Use me to turn their eyes to heaven,
With saving words and deeds of leaven.

Be edified the weak and weary,
Let love be more than words or theory;
Keep me from acting harsh, judgmental,
Make me like Jesus, meek and gentle.

JRMatheny