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Prayer for enemies

Yesterday a friend shared with me an experience many of us know. Over the last few years, he has been changing in his thinking, his theology, his core values … changing, he feels, for the better. But those changes meant, as he said to me, "When I went home, it wasn't home." When friends and acquaintances become critics and opponents, that hurts. So I shared with him this prayer that has helped me deeply over the years.
It begins …

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to earth; enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

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