Prayer for September 13: Please pray with me. Word of God, you come to us in unique ways – especially through language. Open our eyes to the language we use when we communicate with you and with others. As you work to soften our hearts, soften our language as well. Move us away from language that separates and divides. Shift our communication away from absolutes that creates an us and a them. Open our ears to hear how we communicate the falsehood that our way is right and that everyone else had better get on board or else they are a part of the problem. Instead, shape us to communicate something completely different – make us instruments of your peace, love, and hope. Amen.