by Jack Watts

Father,
Allow me to serve others
With gladness—Never keeping score,
Always giving, never expecting to receive.
Allow me to give of myself,
Give of my talents and of my goods,
Give of my time and of my energy,
Give of my heart and of my soul.
Help me understand the needs of others,
Never criticizing,
Never demeaning,
Never scolding,
Never condemning.
You have been so gracious to me,
Always Loving,
Always forgiving,
Always restoring—
While never chastising me for my waywardness,
Even though I have been wrong
More times than I can remember.
Father, keep a critical spirit far from
My heart and further from my lips.
Allow me to serve others with gladness,
With compassion and tenderness,
Never diminishing their value as my price for caring.
Let me extend mercy to the brokenhearted,
Just as You have done so often for me,
Amen.

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