Prayer for February 3, 2020: Please pray with me. God who comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, stir us up. Come to the aid of those who are afflicted, oppressed, exploited, beaten, dehumanized, degraded, and worse. They need you. And they know it. They cry out to you. Hear their cry. And for those of us who are comfortable, poke us and make us uncomfortable. Make us so uncomfortable that we actually see that the afflicted aren’t different from us – we are connected to them. Their wellbeing is our wellbeing. Afflict us in our laziness. Afflict our desire to be in control. Afflict us to see that when we turn inward on ourselves and our own needs, that we are sinning. Afflict us to reject the idols that we create and see that they are empty and have nothing to offer. Afflict us into seeing the Image of God in our worst enemy, so that we can more easily see the Image of God in the stranger in our midst. Afflict us in order to transform us. We are a stubborn lot. Have mercy on us. Amen.