A Prayer for Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Snookie, et al

Father God, for some reason, we who revere you and follow your Son seem to think that it's okay to belittle and laugh at celebrities whose decisions or struggles or lifestyles make the news. Forgive us, Lord. Forgive me for the way I've treated them in my own heart and mind, and talked about them to others.

How you must hurt when your children--even the most famous and privileged among them--stumble and suffer. Teach me to see with your eyes and to feel with your heart.

I pray for Lindsay Lohan. I ask you to bless her and aid her in every sincere effort to overcome the things she's up against in her life. Heal her, strengthen her, and make her future bright.

I pray for Kim Kardashian, Lord. Maybe she's having the time of her life. Maybe she's not. But I know, as do all your children, that appearances can be deceiving, and even the rich can feel poor, and the famous can be lonely. Bless her. Smile on her. Tune her ears to your voice, and let her feel your love.

I pray for Snookie. Meet her deepest needs, Lord. Truly fulfill her heart's true longings. Bless her. Be gracious to her, and draw her closer to you.

I pray for all those who are worshiped or mocked as celebrities. I pray for all who have become famous too soon, wealthy too fast, or successful too quickly. I pray for all who struggle with addictions, to drugs or alcohol, surgeries, money, or fame itself. I pray for all who have attracted sycophants like vultures. I pray for all who have come to be treated as commodities rather than priceless creations of a loving God, in Jesus' name, amen.

(photo credit: Ashley Cooper)