A Prayer When I Feel Hated

Loving God, you made me who I
am. I praise you and I love you, for
I am wonderfully made, in your
own image.

But when people make fun of me, I
feel hurt and embarrassed and
even ashamed. So please God, help
me remember my own goodness,
which lies in you. Help me
remember my dignity, which you
gave me when I was conceived.
Help me remember that I can live
a life of love, because you created
my heart.

Be with me, loving God, when
people hate me, and help me to
respond how you would want me
to: with a love that respects others,
but also respects me. Help me find
friends who love me for who I am.
Help me, most of all, to be a loving
person.

And God, help me remember that
Jesus loves me. For he was seen as
an outcast, too. He was
misunderstood, too. He was beaten
and spat upon. Jesus understands
me, and loves me with a special
love, because of the way you made
me. And when I am feeling lonely,
help me to remember that Jesus
welcomed everyone as a friend.
Jesus reminded everyone that God
loved them. Jesus encouraged
everyone to embrace their dignity,
even when others were blind to
seeing that dignity. Jesus loved
everyone with the boundless love
that you gave him. And he loves
me, too.

One more thing, God: Help me
remember that nothing is
impossible with you, that you have
a way of making things better, and
that you can find a way of love for
me, even if I can’t see it right now.
Help me remember all these things
in the heart you created, loving
God.

Amen.

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