On our best days, O God, we know what we should be about. We have heard your call, and we know what you want from us – justice, kindness, humility, peace, love. We know all this, yet we sin. We do precisely the things you have commanded us not to do. We are guilty of being mean-spirited and unfair, arrogant and rude, chaotic and even violent. We fail to love our neighbors and you, forgetting that this is your primary command. We do not understand why we do the wrong things, but we come confessing because we know we are guilty. So, God, on our very worst days, from the depths of our sinful brokenness, we cry to you for help and rescue. Have mercy, O God, according to your unfailing love. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Betsy Turner, Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Georgia