Prayer for October 10: Please pray with me. God of life, open our eyes, our ears, and our heart to hear your word and to live it. When you hear people say the ends justify the means, I can imagine that you shake your head in disgust. You are a God of the means, not just the ends. You care very much about the means. This is why you gave us the Torah, the Commandments, and you sent prophets. It is why Christians worship Jesus who told parable after parable about the means – the way of life and living. The means matter. To just focus on the ends is missing so much. It is destructive too – skirting our responsibilities and the gifts you give us. Rejecting your call for stewardship of the earth. Rejecting relationships. When we embrace the ideology of the ends justifying the means, we are pushing you away. We are rejecting you. Lord have mercy. Turn us from this sinful belief. You are a God who calls us to use the means available to us to help the poor, the widow, the orphan, and more. How ridiculous for us to think that you don’t care about the means – the way we live. Forgive us and turn us from this sinful belief. Amen.