By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Almighty father, Author of our Faith, Spirit of Truth,
All glory and honor are yours, Lord,
for you have shown us who you are:
“a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exod 34:6 ESV)
and taught us all things, as the Psalmist writes:
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (Ps 25:5 ESV)
We confess, however, that we are slow learners and none are righteous before you (Ps 143:2).
But we rejoice and give thanks for the salvation that is ours through faith in Jesus Christ and confession of sin (Rom 10:10).
As the Author of our Faith (Heb 12:2 KJV) and the Spirit of Truth (John 15:13),
we ask for your guidance as we write that we might bear your image (Gen 1:27) brightly, boldly, and truthfully
each and every day.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, guard our hearts and minds as you guide our hands.
Through Jesus Christ, Amen