By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Ever attentive father,
We praise you that you care enough to listen,
that you concern for the immigrant, the orphan, and the widow is foremost (Exod 22:21-27),
even when we focus on our own concerns and play politics with the welfare of others.
We confess that we are cold-blooded and hide behind walls and rules and policies
that we blame on others even as we seek our own benefit before offering relief.
Forgive us our deaf ears; rid us of our addictions; and heal the wounds
that we have needlessly provoked.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, give us listening ears
that we might learn from your example even as your wrath pours out on us
and that in our learning we might also share in your salvation.
Through Jesus Christ and in his name, Amen.
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