Yesterday I wrote about the prayer I say after receiving the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist. I explained about the first half of the prayer and here is the second half:
Thank you for my friends. Help me to be a good friend in return. Help me to be like the friends of the paralytic who carried their friend to Jesus.
Thank you for a job that I truly do love. Help keep my people safe and keep all people safe. Help my people to be in the right place at the right time to help people and help them to catch the bad guy.
But thank you the most for sending your son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross for our transgressions so that we can have everlasting life.
My friends--What do I say about my friends---next to my family they are the most important thing in the world to me. You see, your family has to love you because they are your family. Your friends though---they simply love you for who you are. A good friend will make your cruddy day happy again. A good friend will make a good day just fantastic. They'll make you life. They are like the cherry on top of a Hot Fudge Sundae! I only ask God that he makes me a good friend to my friends and that I help them to find Christ. In the Bible there is a story of a paralyzed man whose friends carried him to see Jesus in order to heal him. The place was so packed so that what they did was carry him to the roof, cut a hole in the ceiling, and lower him down. I'm not sure anyone wants me to cut a hole in their roof but I want to be a friend like that---doing everything I can possible do to help them find Jesus.
I have a great job. I love it! I can't imagine doing anything else. I ask that God keeps me and all of my people safe from harm. I ask that he puts my people in the right place at the right time in order to help others. And help them to arrest bad guys----help them to find the murderers, rapists, robbers, and burglars and to keep the city safe.
And this may seem odd to put it last but I like it there because it's the last thing that I think of in the prayer and I hope that I carry it with me throughout the day. Thank you Lord for becoming incarnate and giving his life for us. The ultimate sacrifice will help me the I am in Heaven forever.
I realize that there are a ton of other things that I could pray for and should add---such as my family. My family raised me and helped me to become the man I am today. Yeah---I think I will fix it up just a little.