God of our ancestors in the faith, we are a people
who have known the hurt of broken promises, and have
spoken words we could not keep. We are quick to
condemn those who make wrong choices, but want
only gentle criticism directed our way. We let our
lives be guided so much by our past, rather than
opening our eyes, our hearts, our hopes to your
Forgive our distrust of the vows you have made
to us, God of Sarah. Forgive our disbelief that you
can bring hope to those places where we see only
despair, God of Abraham. Forgive our hesitancy
in denying all that keeps us from committing ourselves
completely to you, God of Peter and the psalmists.
Forgive us, so we may take up the life you offer
to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.