Prayer for April 9, 2020: Please pray with me. God of creation, you create amazing things out of nothing. You bring order out of chaos. You call us into new ways of living. Yet, so often we resist your ways because we see that we are not in control of them. Too often we embrace the lie that the serpent told Eve in the garden – that we would be like God. That we would be in control. Being in control and desiring to be in control is the first sin. It is pride. And it leads to death. You call us away from pride – away from turning inward on ourselves. You call us outward – to service. Outward to Shalom – wholeness and completeness. You call us to Imago Dei – seeing the image of God in all around us. This is a new way for so many of us Lord. But clear our eyes so that we may see your ways in new ways. That we may see the holiness of your ways. That we may desire to be embraced by these ways. That we may live by these ways. And in so doing, we would participate in the unfolding of your kingdom in our midst. Amen.