Prayer for September 9, 2020: Please pray with me. God of mercy, have mercy on us. We desperately need your mercy – especially when we don’t think we do. We need your mercy so that we can be merciful with others and ourselves. Forgive us when we lack mercy with others. Forgive us when we prefer to judge and dehumanize and label and scapegoat. Oh how that must hurt to watch and listen to Lord – especially after you show us mercy. Oh how it must sting. Why do we have such short memories Lord? Why do we think we deserve your mercy, but believe that others do not – especially those we don’t like or disagree with or those that we consider as our enemies. Imagine how the world would be transformed if we showed mercy to our enemies. Imagine how the world would be transformed if we showed mercy to ourselves. Expose us when we are merciless in order to draw us back to a right relationship with you and others. Heal us from our wrath and hatred. Soften our hearts so that our willful stubbornness may come to an end. Amen.