Wednesday Riff: Psalm 51

Have mercy on us, O Lord,
According to your incomparable, extraordinary love.
You know about our wrongs and our mistakes and our brokenness.
Cleanse us through and through, renew us, and revive us.
Help us to forgive ourselves, for we are aware of our flaws and frailties,
And save us from false guilt, and from putting ourselves down.

We get things wrong, we know this, and we hurt you and others.
We are people with soiled hands and feet of clay.
Capable of great things, and destructive things,
Capable of healing and harm.

And you desire the best for us, you offer us a hope and a future.
Help us to face the truth about ourselves, and about you,
And as we do this we offer you our failures and successes,
Our weakness and strengths, our dreams and nightmares.

You are not fooled, you see us as we are,
And you have the kind of compassion that we can only imagine.
So please, refresh us, cleanse us, rebuild our confidence, and renew our faith.
And enable us to act honestly, to care deeply, and to walk humbly with you.
Today and each day,
In the name of your son Jesus,
Amen.

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