By Stephen W. Hiemstra
We praise you for your glory, that you are holy, set apart, and stand outside of time.
All glory is yours for we are sinful, quick to compromise, and mortally bound to times and places beyond our control.
Do not leave us content to look into the mirror, to grasp at visceral pleasures, or to chase after temporal temptations.
Lift us out of the mire of power politics, the pit of merchants wares, and the icy embrace of superficial inattention.
Remind us that it is not all about us–salvation is your gift, not ours. We need only accept it and live in obedience to you.
Through the power of you Holy Spirit,
remind us of our past; let your mercy guide our steps; may we live in the hope of the resurrection.
By Jesus’ example, and in his name, Amen.