A Prayer Before Serving as an Aide to Those With Special Needs

Dear Jesus, help me remember the person I am walking beside is a person first and that their disability does not define them. Help me treat the person I serve with respect, dignity, compassion and understanding. Help me learn to appreciate our differences. As I minister, help me remember to give them choices whenever possible and to respect their decisions. Help me support their creative work and to always be attentive to their needs. Most of all, Lord, help me convey to them that I believe in them. Thank you, Lord, for this amazing opportunity to serve your people in this way. I ask that you please bless the work of my hands. Amen.