May 21, 2018

Prayer of Confession: Psalm 8


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Psalm 8. It was written by Beth Merill Neel, and posted on Hold Fast to What is Good.   

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Psalm 8)

Great God of all creation,
who are we that you are mindful of us?  
You who set the stars in motion, 
who launched waves crashing against the shore,
who knows the heights and depths of the world;
Why do you bother with us?
You count the hairs on our heads,
and call us each by name.
You give us your wisdom and you uphold us by your Spirit.
You tend to us and care for us,
and we do not understand why.

We cannot grasp your love for us, O God,
for it is unlike us to be that loving and forgiving.
We become enmeshed
by our own needs and wants and desires
and we fail to see beyond anything but our own little circles.

Turn us around, O God.
Help us to see as you see,
and to reach out as you reach out.
Remind us once again of the sacredness
of our ordinary, day-to-day lives.
By your Spirit,
teach us to live truly as beings little lower than angels.
In your mercy, O God,
forgive who we are and bless who we will be. Amen. 

~ written by Beth Merill Neel, and posted on Hold Fast to What is Good. https://holdfasttowhatisgood.com/liturgy/