Advent Confession: Isaiah 61

Here’s a thoughtful confession inspired by verses from Isaiah 61.  I can’t seem to find information on the author of this prayer.  If you know who wrote it, please let me know so that I can credit it properly.

Advent Confession
(inspired by Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11)

Holy God,
Open our eyes to the presence of your Spirit
upon us, within us, among us.

For our apathy in the presence of oppression,
Forgive us.

If we have contributed to the brokenheartedness of anyone,
Forgive us.

For our participation in systems that enslave,
Forgive us.

When we are deaf to your good news,
Have mercy and open our ears.

When our mouths remain too tightly closed,
Loosen our lips with songs of praise.

Hear our prayer, O God, and forgive our sins.
Hold us in your mercy, now and forever. Amen.

~ author unknown