O Lord God of grace and mercy, we flee to your redeeming love today. We acknowledge that we imitate the world too much, and the Lord Jesus too little. We confess that we are too often "case hardened" when we see the suffering of others. There is so much to do, we get overwhelmed. We are tempted to do little or nothing. Yet, you have decided to need us for your work. Let us hear your voice today. Grant that our hearts may be filled with your love. And at the last, give us the joy of reaching out with your strength to bring healing to a shattered world. Amen.