O God who is First, O God who is Last,

 O God who is one Substance, O God who is three


 We come humbly and bow before you. The world we live in has taught us to short-circuit our relationship with you. We're taught to expect an instant relation-

ship, instant answers to prayer, instant growth in

grace, instant spiritual maturity.

 O God, truly merciful, forgive us our sins. Forgive

our impatience.

Forgive our arrogance. Forgive our impetuousness.

O Lord, our Lord, forgive.

 Teach us to take one step at a time. Teach us

contentment in growing into your life little by little.

Teach us humility of unanswered prayers. In the

name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the

Holy Spirit. Amen

(From Longing for God by R. Foster & G. Beebe)


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