Prayer for August 28, 2020: Please pray with me. God of the nations, why do we try to restrict you? Why do insist that faith in you is only a private matter? Is that an excuse that allows us to accommodate injustice? Is that some kind of spin that allows to believe we are “good” followers of you while still supporting systems that conflict with what you are about? We must think you are stupid. I’m not sure how else to explain the lie we tell ourselves and you. You love us. Not just as individuals though. That would be awfully limiting. We are told that you love the whole of creation. That’s expansive. That’s what you are about. Help us to let go of the small expectations we have of you. Help us to let go of the lies we tell ourselves about you. Instead, open our arms to feel your embrace and to see how you love the whole of creation and call on us to do likewise. Amen.