Grace and Confidence -1

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Lord as we approach the celebration of your birth, help us to embrace your message of hope, joy, forgiveness and peace. Help us to see the many opportunities we have around us to experience and share that message – the hope that comes with change; the joy in simply being alive; the opportunity to accept and be accepted by those who love us;  the peace of a quiet moment, a good meal, a warm bed.  Give us the confidence to move forward, one step at a time, as we work to fix our economy, to help those who are longing to work, feed those who are hungry, and to care for all who are sick.  Forgive us our faults,  — our shortsightedness, self righteousness, anger, fear, and denial — that stall our progress.  Help us to accept that progress is incremental and that in seeking a world that is more fair and just, we must often seek hope in the unseen. Let us find confidence in your mercy and grace, and follow the promise of your love.   Amen

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