We Want to Repent - A Litany for Lent 2

O God, we remember that to repent means to turn around from old and hurtful ways of living to new and life-giving ways to which you call us. We confess that we don’t often realize or want to admit those parts of who we are that are in need of such change. So we turn to you wanting to be more honest and open to your transforming Spirit as we pray…

For the wrongs we keep secret out of shame for what others might think of us,

We want to repent, O God.

For the ways we judge others harshly without knowing them,

We want to repent, O God.

For the ways we shame others into silence whether we know it or not,

We want to repent, O God.

For the ways we close ourselves off from others’ advice, support, or pushback,

We want to repent, O God.

For the ways we rationalize our own self-preservation and ignorance,

We want to repent, O God.

O God, light the dark corners of our lives in need of change, so we can become the disciples you want us to be. Amen.

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