Prayer for April 17, 2020: Please pray with me. God of creation, you spoke creation into existence. Speak a new normal into existence. Let us hear how your Kingdom is unfolding. Let us hear how you invite us to participate in that unfolding. That’s a real invitation. An invitation to let go of the old normal full of what is wrong with the world, and instead embrace a new normal that is defined by the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God isn’t for some time in the distant future. It’s for now. God is inviting each one of us to live into it – not intellectually – but actually live into all that the Kingdom is about. That’s what it means to be faithful. That’s what it means to worship God. Why do we make excuses as to why we don’t have to live into the Kingdom? Why do we think this command doesn’t apply to us? Why do we think we can go on living in the old normal and think that God sees nothing wrong with that? Why? It makes no sense what so ever! Enough already. Radically reorient us towards your Kingdom God. Shed the old normal and all it stood for, and clothe us in your new normal that is based on shalom, Imago Dei, love of neighbor and enemy, and the way of peace. Amen.