By Stephen W. Hiemstra
We praise you for the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross,
which reconciled us to you and made our salvation possible
even as we have been slow to accept this reconciliation
or to extend it to those around us who do not know you.
For if we refuse to be reconciled to you; we cannot be reconciled to one another.
I confess that I have let feelings of hopelessness and powerless impede
my own efforts to extend your love to those around me.
Forgive my weakness; pardon my sin; do not let my iniquity define who I am.
I give thanks for the example of Christ’s life, work, and sacrifice.
I give thanks for the many blessings of this life–family, work, health, and the opportunity of ministry.
In the power of your Holy Spirit,
let the spirit of Easter lie before our eyes, ring in our ears, and resinate in our hearts,
that we might not tarry in inaction but embrace your love and live into it.
be especially near to all that suffer, especially those that suffer needlessly.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Prayer for Reconciliation
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