For your own sake, Lord, smile on Your desolate sanctuary…See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. Dan 9:17-18

Mercy is just that, Mercy. Not bestowed because we earn it. God’s decision to restore our desolate souls even after we’ve let the garden He created in us become a desert, is mercy. Right now so many people are responding to one another from places of fear, anger, hate and desolation. We can choose to respond from the place of grace and mercy He has chosen to give us.

Lord, from individual relationships to the “us” and “them” animosity between different groups of people, to warring nations, please fix the mess we’ve made out of Your gift of life.