Dear Heavenly Father, the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Help us to be prayerful of opportunities that allow us to reach out to the people living in our neighborhoods. Perhaps a neighbor is lonely, has lost a loved one recently, has been sick, have children in diverse difficulties, need help with a task or errand, are searching for God’s purpose and some we could witness to.
There are people we encounter daily in the grocery store, in our children’s school, in our workplace, or at the social club we frequent who we’ve not thought as being our neighbor. They may need a listening ear, an encouraging word or an invitation to attend church with us. Help us remember them in prayer and offer help when possible.
Finally, Lord, help us to forgive with your love the neighbors who have mistreated, taken advantage of, hated, cursed or robbed us. If we have done any of the aforementioned, forgive us and help us to do good in restitution. May we be a blessing to them and your Holy Name. Amen.