Prayer for October 23: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we lift up all who feel as though they are living a lie. So many people feel stuck and afraid. Many feel alone and lost. Many have been told that they are condemned because of who they are. So many people have been thrown out and are outcasts because of who they are or what they have done. They are filled with regret. Yet, this is not what life is about. You offer the outcast Good News – that the outcast is also a child of God. The each person is deeply loved by you God. Yes, outcasts are sinners, just like every one of us. Yes, outcasts are broken and have broken relationships – just like we all do. But that is not the end of the story. It’s just a fact of life. Because of being sinners and because of being broken, we know how much we need you God. We can’t do this alone. We can’t even begin to start. Send your Spirit to empower those who feel drained. Send your Spirit to wipe clean those who feel that they are dirtied by living a lie. Send your Spirit to bring dignity and humanity to those who feel less than human. Send your Spirit, Lord. And in so doing, send us also to be with the outcast and the broken. Amen.