We give thanks for the life and death of Jesus who lived a humble life and bore our sins on the cross. Help us to practice humbleness and hospitality with all people. Help us to put on Christ’s righteousness and defend your honor, not ours. Help us to pay our taxes, to turn the other cheek, to treat our enemies with love and respect, to go the extra mile seeing it as a ministry opportunity, to judge the actions but not the intentions of those around us. Help us to end racial and ethic inequality and practice gender and economic equality in all we do. In the power of your Holy Spirit, may conflict and bickering and gossip end with your sacrifice.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
37. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra