My Prayer for Those Who are Homeless

Oh God, today I looked out into the hail and the sleet and the thunder,
And I felt safe and warm inside with my animals.
But then I thought about all those who are without homes or shelters.
I thought of all the people in this world who go to bed hungry and cold,
Or without something to help their thirst.
I thought of the little children, who live in rags, dirty, and perhaps without shoes.
And I felt ashamed, God.
You created this world full of people of every color and culture, every language, every political and spiritual or religious belief system. You created all the creatures on this earth, and all the plants, and everything including the tiniest grains of sand.
And it was good. We were all meant to be on this earth and to help it survive, or we would not be here.
But instead, we hate those whose languages we cannot speak, whose cultures and spiritual or religious beliefs are not ours, and we seek ways to overcome every enemy, when in fact, our worst enemies are those in the compass of our hearts and our minds. We want to destroy those whom we believe are against us, and worst still, we create people who are invisible to us. They cry out in the streets, and in the bare spots along the train tracks. They look up with hope, but instead find empty stares, or people who don't even look at them. God, we have done shameful things to our fellow human beings, and to the creatures and the plants, and perhaps even the tiniest grains of sand. As we looked past the invisible ones, God, we looked past you. We go to churches and cathedrals and to our places of worship, and we proclaim loudly that we love you and we praise you, but we look right past you as you sit in the street with an empty cup, or we turn away in disgust at a mother with nothing to feed her child. We perhaps throw a rock at a stray animal, and God, you are in all of us, so we cannot say we love you when we have made you invisible. You created us ALL in your image, and so God, you are all the people who live on this wonderful earth, and you never told us that you loved everyone but the invisible people.
Help us to truly open our eyes, God, and to open our hearts and our minds. Help us to see that every human being, every creature, every plant, and even the tiniest grains of sand are you, God.
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9 thoughts on “My Prayer for Those Who are Homeless

    1. Thank you most kindly, Roberta. I really do feel sad that I too have turned from the invisible ones except for the creatures. But human beings – I have indeed made God invisible.

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  1. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    Anne writes a powerfully true message here.
    Think about it as you go through your day.
    Think about it when you gripe about paying your rent. Think about it when you grump about doing your housework. Think about it when you complain because your house isn’t as big as your neighbor’s.
    Give this some thought the next time you look down on someone who doesn’t have as fancy a car as you, someone who is standing by the bus stop looking as if they’ve not seen a meal in the last week, and think about it the next time you hear your children laughing at the little girl in their class who’s shoes have holes in them, who’s hair needs combed, and who’s backpack doesn’t come from the Gap.
    Oh we bunch of mindless thoughtless snobs.
    Thank you Anne for giving me the right kind of mindset for this day. For having the courage to speak such thoughts out loud, giving them reality.
    Blessid be.

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  2. Like souls can recognize each other and God within us or whatever spiritual leaders we follow. All are good; all of them are here because we all have different needs. God comes in many forms just as we who are human beings and those who are creatures and those who are plants or tiny grains of sand do. Thank you most kindly.

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