Prayer for February 27: Please pray with me. God who claims us, who names us, and makes us yours, take hold of us. There are many ways that we lay claim to our identity. We often identify ourselves based on our differences from others – a way to show our specialness. But so often in doing that we fail to see the connect we have to others around us. We fail to see the common thread that runs through us – our humanity. We are created in your image, yet we struggle with what this means. It’s easy to say, but difficult to understand. Ultimately, we are yours Lord. While we would rather talk about who we are, you focus on whose we are. Amen.