A Collect to Be Able to Repent

God of forgiveness, who knows our weaknesses, give us strength to truly repent of our sins and throw off all that keeps us from turning toward righteousness, that we would be unhindered in our journey toward you and your love, free to live as you have called us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. ‘ John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.’ – Mark 1:4