Posts Tagged ‘false gods’

Confession

February 7, 2021

Forgive us Lord, for we have sinned.

We have allowed technology to command our focus and fracture our attention.

We have closed our hearts and isolated ourselves, retreating from our fellow citizens.

We have followed the false gods of money and power and celebrity, and so lost our way.

Free us O Lord to see our world as it is; open our eyes to its needs.

Free us O Lord from our loneliness; help us create connected, resilient communities.

Return us O Lord to the right paths; help us to ensure the safety, the tranquility, the dignity of all.

Let us heed your admonition to turn from evil and do good, to seek and pursue peace. (Ps 34:14)

Forgive us, and lead us, O Lord.

Amen

Distracted and Misled

July 12, 2009

Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods! Jer. 16:20

Lord, forgive us our appetite for distraction and diversion. Forgive our fascination with celebrities and our envy of the self-indulgent.  Help us to see that the ephemeral cannot sustain or guide us.  Do not let our love of entertainment nor our attachment to sentimentality displace the careful thought and sustained work that is needed to heal our country.  Help us to seek lives of meaning and purpose, to invest our wealth in building up our communities, and to share our gifts in ways that bring us closer to you.  Guide us toward wisdom O Lord.

Amen.