Lord God, You “stand with us and give us strength” (2 Timothy 4:17). Center us now in the truth that will change the landscape of our limited perspective. Yes, we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves, but we are also captive to the living Word of God that will not let us go. It holds on to us even when we stray. Some of our sins we know…but some are known only to You.
Help us to know that we are welcome at Your table with all of our joy, sorrow, anger, and regret. Just absorb all of the storms that we have to offer, for we have many. For today, “everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed” (Martin Luther).
We’re sorry when we doubt You and make mistakes. Jolt us out of our complacency and awaken us to the needs of others. Reshape our hearts so that we can go out and touch lives and change the world. In the name of the all knowing and ever loving God we pray. Amen.