Lord, I thank you
for those who have slighted or rejected me,
for they underscore to me
the beauty of your acceptance.
for friends who have betrayed me,
for they make me appreciate
faithful friends all the more.
Thank you for ungracious people,
for they show me how blessed I am
to have so many gracious people in my life.
Thank you for those who have unrealistic expectations of me,
for they make me more deeply appreciate
people who accept me and love me
Thank you for people who judge me unfairly,
for they remind me to look only to you, my righteous Judge,
Thank you for the cantankerous,
for they provide ample opportunities
to become more like my longsuffering Lord,
in whose name I pray, amen.