Prayer for December 7: Please pray with me. God of love, open our hearts to receive your love. You ask us if we love you. How do we respond? Humanity as a whole has a pretty bad track record when it comes to love. When you tell us to pursue peace, we make war and implements of war a priority. When you tell us to be merciful, we seek power and control. When you tell us to forgive, we hold grudges. When you tell us to love our enemy, we learn new ways to kill and destroy. When you tell us that your grace will suffice, we ignore what you offer and work harder believing we can make you owe us something. When will we learn? Your love is beyond our understanding. You are a God who is relentless in pursuing us, never giving up on us. We are thankful for that. Open our hearts to receive your love. And in so doing, stir us to send your love out to others. Amen.