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Help us to understand that You aren’t trying to improve us, You intend to transform us.

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Teach us to guard carefully what/who we admire, for we will surely become more like what we revere.

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Remind us that “there are no shortcuts that allow us to bypass the cross on the Christian spiritual journey.” Benner

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Teach us that Your kind of love is not sentimental or fleeting, but is “setting aside one’s life for another.” (Benner)

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In Luke 14:15-24 You tell of a banquet You threw where everyone had an excuse not to come. Convict us of our excuses not to show up for Your daily banquet of love.