THAT person..


I felt the nudge just as surely as if someone was speaking to me. It was about 4:30am and I was mid way through my prayers. My formula (if you can call it that) is pretty much the same every morning: I pray for my kids, my husband, our families, our friends and (esp these days) the world. I think I was about to “start on” my husband when I heard it..


I felt it – like a directive..

Pray for “THAT person.”

I’m sure I don’t need to elucidate.. we all have a “THAT person” in our lives, don’t we?

That pain in our ass,

that thorn in our side,

that mean and nasty irritant whose goal it seems is to spread misery.

Pray for “THAT person” was the message and (surprisingly) I just went ahead and did it.

And there it suddenly was.. plain as day

the hurt and sadness that was plaguing this person’s soul.

I couldn’t describe it to you, but oh man, I could feel it..

and I also felt something else:

genuine compassion.

What a strange (and unexpected) experience.

Now don’t misunderstand, I’m not going to call this person to chat or invite them to dinner..this isn’t that.  This is nothing more (or less) than me asking God to glue their broken pieces together so that they can somehow find peace.

I have a feeling if this person finds peace, many others will too.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. bleuwater says:

    I’ll never forget my husband praying for someone who had cheated him out of money. It took years for him to get there. But the hate and anger towards THAT person left my husband instantly.

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    1. Cindy says:

      I never (EVER) had the thought cross my mind to pray for that person.. did I already say EVERR??? as in NEVER EVER???..But you are right..there was an insight there..not only into this person, (pain) but into myself as well, (compassion) — I’m 58 years old, but I keep growing..that’s pretty awesome.

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  2. Ann Coleman says:

    It’s funny how often “love your enemy” is overlooked, but understandable because it is so difficult. (So much easier to justify lashing out at them by pointing out that Jesus lost his temper and overturned those tables at the temple, and boy is that line used a lot!) But you are wise to pray for “that person” in your life, because that is exactly what Jesus calls us to do. And also because it will help that person and also help you to pray for them, I think.

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    1. Cindy says:

      I believe it Ann, I really do. I hate to admit I never considered looking under the hood of this person’s life.. wasn’t at all. I came away with such a strong impression of this person’s hurt..and it softened my “righteous” anger. Again, pretty darn sure we won’t ever be friends, but I can still pray for this person.

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