Prayer for February 18, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace and mercy, thank you. We are eternally grateful that you are not a God of karma, but of grace and mercy. In grace you give us what we don’t deserve. And in mercy, you withhold what we do deserve. Karma gives people what they do deserve. The world would rather operate on karma, but that is not your way. If it was, we’d be screwed. None of us would be worthy of being encountered by you. None of us would be worthy of salvation. None of us would be worthy of forgiveness. But this is not your way – you aren’t worried about our worthiness. Instead, you shower us with grace and mercy. You give us the gift of faith so that we can respond to what you have first done for us. Thank you. Empower us to be a reflection of your grace and mercy to others. Help us to leave the idea of karma in the ash heap. Let us be embraced by your grace and mercy and use them to embrace others. Amen.