Dear Lord,

There’s a cacophony of noise swirling around. Some of this noise is people advocating for their personal agendas. Other parts are the sound of confusion. But some of it – to be honest, way too much of it – is anger, demonization and hatred. 

I confess that sometimes all of this noise is so loud I cannot hear You. I also have to confess that too often I am so busy adding to the noise that I don’t really want to listen to You. But deep down I know I long to hear You, need to hear You and must make it a priority to hear Your graceful word, Your healing word, Your challenging word, Your correcting word, Your transforming word and Your hopeful word.

May this be a day of listening and hearing. But perhaps even more importantly, may it also be a day of discerning and then acting so that Your will may become just as real on earth as it already is in heaven.

Christ, in Your mercy, hear my prayers.

Amen.