A Collect to Be Honest About Our Hearts

Patient One, who has known our state from the beginning and yet has not rejected us, give us courage and strength to stand in the sight of our own sin and confess to ourselves, to you, and to one another the truth of our hearts, that we would not give in to fear or pride and deny the sin we still carry, but in humility seek to grow more into people like you who love and seek justice for all your people, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who modeled for us humility and who with you and the Holy Spirit are acquainted with grief. Amen. ‘ For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.’ – Ps. 51:5-6