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Editorial: A prayer of repentance

Extremism, hatred, fear, mistrust and bigotry seem to surround us daily, threatening our attitude toward others.
In this climate of racial and ethnic tension, now is the time to let our light shine. In that spirit, The Christian Chronicle calls all of us to fall on our knees before God, confess our sins and become what he wants us to be. May this action lead us to purer hearts, void of ungodly attitudes toward others. We offer this prayer:

Dearest loving Father, you are the great I Am, creator of the universe, savior of our souls. You have made all 324 million of us in the U.S. and 7.4 billion of us worldwide in your image. We marvel at the incredible diversity of every aspect of your creation — the countless varieties of life. You call us to fall at the feet of Jesus, your son. We are servants in your universe, and we serve because, without you, we are sheep without a shepherd.

Father, may we learn to love as you do. Give us the spiritual and moral strength to remove the bias and scorn we have chosen to embrace from our families, communities, and, sadly, sometimes from our religious teachers, in order for each of us to be more like you, respecting and caring for all people.
We confess our sins of self-righteousness and superiority over other people whom you have created, just as you have created us.

Lord, may each of us reach into the dark depths of our hearts and draw out every vestige of hate, resentment and prejudice so we can love others as you love. May our spirituality grow from mere external relationships into the depths of our soul so that we live the words you spoke to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Help us father, for we, like Peter before Cornelius, have so much to learn about respecting others. You do not show favoritism but accept people from every nation who fear you and do what is right. May we draw closer to those who don’t look, live or share our culture by learning more about one another at a genuine, intimate level.

We commit ourselves to justice, fairness and compassion to all people regardless of who they are or how they differ from us. May we ever seek to live the love of Jesus in all of our relations with others.

Help us to seek ways to be kind and respectful to all people. As you spoke through Paul, “As I have opportunity, may I do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.”

Through your son Jesus who died for all, Amen

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