Prayer for January 29: Please pray with me. God of the nations, we hear many chanting slogans about how their country is first and best and exceptional. many get quite worked up about this too. Yet, where is the attachment to your will and calling for us? Where is the excitement and enthusiasm for the message of grace, hope, forgiveness, and love? Have these things become too common place and boring? I should hope not – our world is in desperate need of these things. Instead of waving national flags, why aren’t we waving flags that send a different message? What if our message was one of loving our enemies, being stewards of creation, welcoming the stranger among us, and more? Calm the fears of those who only see the world in terms of winners and losers, us and them. There is no them, there is only us – all of us. Amen.