Forgive Us - A Litany for Lent 5

Grace-giving God, asking for forgiveness is hard for us. It's hard because it involves admitting that we're wrong. It's hard because it involves approaching someone whom we have hurt. It's hard because it involves depending on others for mercy. Forgiveness takes so much humility, and yet the possibility that it brings for mending relationships and a fresh sense of gratitude and transformation is beyond measure.

So we take a moment to ask forgiveness, and all that it involves, in the hope that such change will come to us all.

For those times we have turned from what builds up others to what will benefit ourselves,

Forgive us, O God.

For those times when we have neglected some opportunity to bring relief to others out of our own abundant resources,

Forgive us, O God.

For times when we have intended to hurt others to feel better about our own problems,

Forgive us, O God.

For times we have turned away from the needs of your natural creation,

Forgive us, O God.

For times when we have viewed people different from us with suspicion or disdain,

Forgive us, O God.

For all this and more, forgive us, O God. May we embrace what it takes to turn from what was and back toward the life to which you are calling us. Amen.

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