Prayer for November 9

Prayer for November 9: Please pray with me.  Holy One, help us.  Today we pray a difficult prayer – we pray for our enemies.  Not because they are praying for us.  Not because they deserve it.  We pray for our enemies because they need prayer and so do we.  We pray for our enemies because we know, deep down, that answering violence with violence will never work.  We pray for our enemies because you call on us to do this and we want to be faithful followers.  This is not easy.  We would rather not pray for our enemies, but rather prey on them.  We would rather label them and call them names, dehumanize and demonize them – the same things they do to us.  We are threatened by them.  We are afraid.  We are angry.  Open our eyes Lord to see you in our enemies.  Open our hearts to see you in our enemies.  Open us to knowing that when it comes down to it, there is no them.  Forgive us.  Forgive our enemies.  Amen.

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