Heavenly Lord,
‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.’
It sounds so easy that I nod along.
‘Yes, I can do this.  I will do this.’

Yet time and time again,
I catch myself judging and condemning –
the incompetent mother,
the oblivious father,
the inadequate checker.

Almost without thought,
I find these people wanting
in oh so many ways.

But when I am honest,
I also find myself falling short
of the goal you have assigned to us all.

Trust in You.
Do not assume that I know –
Your will,
their situation,
many details of my own reality.

Please help me see the people around me
as You see us all, as Your children,
flawed, failing, and forgiven.