Prayer for August 9: Please pray with me. God of the poor, you tell us that the poor we will always have with us, yet that doesn’t mean you excuse poverty. You call on us to love and care for the poor – even to serve the poor. We feel good about serving the poor Lord, but do we take this too far? Keep us vigilant in serving the poor – in ways that actually help the poor, ways that tap into the value of the individual, in ways that encourage and empower, in ways that build relationships, in ways that we might not even imagine. Don’t just let us write a check to an agency that works with the poor so that our hands don’t have to get dirty. Push us to be uncomfortable enough to not only serve the poor, but to befriend the poor and in so doing, to humanize and lift up our fellow human beings. Amen.