The prophet Isaiah puts these words in the mouth of God: “For I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and its people to be a delight.” God would have felt the same when we were created—and everyone else was created. Yes, God made the person who annoys us a joy. God made the ones who make life difficult a delight. Everyone came into this world fully loved and delighted in by the Creator, a bundle full of newly created joy and delight.
If your Lenten resolution is becoming routine, if you want to make today a bit more challenging, try to see every person as a joy and delight.