Teach us to attend to the poor and the failed as much as we bother with the rich and successful. Let us say something nice to somebody who we think doesn’t need any help. For those who have stopped looking for a job and struggle not to hear others call them lazy, for those whose unemployment check has run out, for those who used to think they were going somewhere and now know they are not, for all displaced by the great stagnation, we pray. If we are one of them, we especially pray for ourselves. And if not, let us at least have compassion for those we imagine as “lazy.” Let us not blame people for poverty but instead shoulder the weight of making a new economy for all. Amen.

Donna Schaper in Prayers for People Who Say They Can't Pray