Prayer for December 15: Please pray with me. God of culture, today we lift up our culture. It’s so easy to fall into the trap that our culture is drifting from you. Too easy. Being negative feels good for far too many people Lord. It’s easy to complain and wail and moan that things are like they used to – as if the past was some how perfect and without fault or error. Wake us up to the reality that people have always been broken as long as sin has been in creation. You don’t call us to be culture police or culture warriors. Instead you call us to live differently – in a new way. You call us to do something counter-cultural – to love and forgive, to offer mercy and grace, to be patient, and to see the humanity of others. Strengthen us in this. Amen.