Prayer for May 11, 2020: Please pray with me. God of Sabbath, give us rest. Turn us away from the shouting nonsense that our world is filled with. Turn us away from the anger and fear that the world insists on proclaiming. Turn us away from the constant battle to be right at all costs. Turn us away from the narcissism that ravages and destroys so many. Turn us away from all of this and instead towards you. As St. Augustine once said – our hearts are restless until they rest in you. We are tired Lord. We are restless. We’re tired of fighting these same fights. Over and over. We’re tired of not learning anything from the fights. We’re tired of the ways of sin that plague so many. Upend the world and the systems that oppress and exploit, kill and destroy. Just end them Lord. And make us instruments of your peace. Get it through out thick skulls that your ways are not our ways, but they are much better. Get through our stone hearts that we aren’t here to fight, but rather to proclaim and to participate in the unfolding of the Kingdom. Let us stop wasting time combating and instead, start investing time just making the changes that need to be made to move us in alignment with your will and your ways. Let it start with each one of us. And give us the courage to pay the price of discipleship when those who are addicted to unhealthy and destructive ways fight back. Let us go forward with faith, with resolve, with love – regardless of the cost. Amen.