Lord, please soften our hearts, we earnestly pray. We do not want them shielded or encapsulated, for then we will not be able to see Your gentle face in those we meet sidling down the street, sitting slumped on the bus, sleeping under a bridge, or begging for a morsel of food in the subway station. How could we serve You with hardened hearts, Lord? How could we feel the sorrow of the woman sidling down the street in grief, the exhaustion of the man sitting slumped on the bus, the shivering of the man sleeping under the bridge, the hunger pangs of the woman in the subway station who has not eaten in two days? How could we love You well and truly with hardened hearts, Lord? When the hearts of the people are softened, the grieving will be comforted, the weary will be strengthened, the hungry will be fed and the soul-battered will be soothed. We offer our hearts to You Lord; please soften them as You see fit. For it is only when we share in Your compassion and feel with those who are suffering that we will be able to join joyfully and fully in Your service to others.
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