The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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A Prayer to Forgive

Overlooking Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches, Normandy, France © Joel Snider

Overlooking Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches, Normandy, France
© Joel Snider

O, God, you know our rising up and our sitting down. You are acquainted with all our ways.  We do not need to tell you that we fail daily, yet we acknowledge that each new days finds our commitments weakened and our will to do what is right has diminished during the night.  We trust in your grace to sustain and forgive us even though we confess the same sin for the hundredth time.  Forgive us still.

And may your grace take root in us in such a way that we are ready to forgive sins that have been commuted repeatedly against us.  Even if family members take us for granted again in a way that pierces our hearts, even if co-workers or fellow students disrespect our abilities or our contributions again, may we forgive them as often as you forgive us.

We acknowledge before you now what price it cost you to forgive us so often, for we know how dearly our hearts pay to forgive the repeated sins of others.  Change us.  Change our hearts and our minds so that we no longer see forgiving others as out loss — but as our gain.  Help us to see what you have meant forgiveness to be  — freedom from past hurts, a path to a new day and a new relationship with others, an unexpected way to receive blessing beyond measure from your very hand.

Forgive us and we commit anew to forgive those who have sinned against us.

In Christ’s name

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