Lord, help me care for others,
With understanding grace,
For there be a breaking heart
Behind a smiling face.

When someone speaks in anger
Help me to try to hear
Above the sound of bitter words
The cry of hurt or fear.

Give me the strength to listen
To those who must complain,
For they need more than sympathy
To truly ease their pain.

Lord, give me Your compassion
To help me empathize,
And see the needs around me
As through Your loving eyes.

By: Honoria (Nora) A. Groves