Prayer for July 16: Please pray with me. God of the stranger, the foreigner, the immigrant, the outcast, the poor, turn us. Over and over and over throughout Scripture you tell us to treat each of these with justice and care. You tell us over and over and over again that you defend these precious ones. But our hearts are hard. We make excuses as to why we can turn away the stranger, push away the outcast, exploit and oppress the poor. Forgive us. Turn us. Make us realize that it is sin that makes us a stranger to you, an outcast in your presence, poor in your sight. Yet, in spite of what we deserve according to the Law, you treat us with grace and mercy. Let us go and do likewise to others – to be merciful as you are merciful to us, to be graceful as you have provided us with grace. Amen.