Friday, September 26, 2014

Reflection and Renewal: We've Kept Our Hearts, Hands & Minds Firmly Closed


Your grace and mercy are endless. In contrast, we confess that all too often, we have kept our hearts, hands and minds firmly closed.  Forgive us for when our own wants and desires have been all that we pay attention to, making us blind and deaf to the needs and concerns of others. Forgive us for when we live for material comfort and status while excluding and disadvantaging others.

Forgive us for the way that we let fear and greed keep us from caring for those around us that are in need. Forgive us for when we don’t move beyond charity to the ongoing, difficult and often inconvenient work of seeking justice that you've said is required of us.

Help us move past our self-centeredness.  Help us grow into living out the hope and generosity of
your Kingdom, where all who come are welcome.