all we are

We pray, our God,
offering You both in and as our prayer
all that we cry out—
all that is most honest about who we are:

our deepest joys,
our greatest fears,
our most tightly held rage,
our saddest griefs,
our most guarded hopes ….

We offer you our expressions
of what is most true
in the depths of our being.

Now we do confess
that what is true
in the depths of our being
is not always
true in the bigger picture—
is not always admirable—
is not always right.

But we believe it’s what You want
from us
in prayer.

So we risk it
in Jesus’ name,
amen.

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