If you’re new to the Uncomfortable Grace family, “Five Minutes of Grace” is a time we carve out every Friday to pray for people or problems outside our own immediate families. The five minutes can be spent over a morning cup of coffee, during a short break at work, or in the car waiting to pick your kids up from school. It doesn’t matter when you set aside your five minutes, but know a community of believers is joining forces every Friday.

Sometimes we have a theme. In September we prayed for teachers and children in our school districts. In November, we focused our prayers on our country’s leaders.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a theme, so here’s one for the month of April: “Praying for people I don’t like.” Uplifting, isn’t it? However, if we quiet our hearts and are honest, we all can think of at least a handful of people in our lives who drive us nuts. Is it the controlling coworker? An in-law who makes passive-aggressive comments? A friendship that’s hit the skids? A social media contact who makes your life look pitiful in comparison? Is it a person who makes you grit your teeth and roll your eyes every time they walk your way? The list is long, my friends.

Since April is Easter month this year, many are reflecting on the reason Jesus would have chosen to be beaten, nailed to a cross, and die a criminal’s death He didn’t deserve. Romans 5:6-8 sums up that mission: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Christ died for everyone, not wanting a single person to miss out on grace for this life, and eternal life with Him in Heaven. Christ’s love included the people who nailed Him to the cross that day, and extended to the people that make our lives miserable today. It also includes you and me.

Loving like Christ loved is not always easy, but it is always worth it.

P.S. Let me know how God is working during your five minutes of grace!  ~Katie