Father forgive us. Too much we don’t know what we are doing.
Forgive us for putting politics above people.
Forgive us for bashing our politicians, government officials, police officers, the media, the really odd relative, and our neighbor close by.
Forgive us when we pass by the homeless person, looking the other way lest we make eye contact.
Forgive us when we are impatient with other drivers who do the unexpected or drive too slow or cut us off in traffic.
Forgive us when we react angrily rather than thinking first and responding appropriately.
Forgive us when we lash out at the ones we love most because we feel safest with them.
Forgive us for wanting things so much that we push people aside.
Forgive us for our pride, thinking we can manage on our own, that we don’t need anyone else, that we can do life by ourselves.
Forgive us for passing judgment on another’s heart when only You can see what’s really there.
Forgive us for holding on to hurts and grudges so long that they become heavy burdens we carry and bars that imprison us.
Forgive us when we wound others out of our own woundedness.
Forgive us for turning to idols of wealth, fame, addictions, and even people when our first devotion belongs to You.
Forgive us when we take for granted all Your good gifts and do not give You thanks all circumstances.
Forgive us for our hatred and our prejudice, failing to remember that you made each of us precious in Your sight and we are equally loved by You.
Forgive us for disregarding the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, the less than perfect.
Forgive us for turning our eyes away from You, for making any and everything our first love, giving away our devotion and worship.
Forgive us for not loving each other the way we love ourselves.
Forgive us . . .
Hanging on the cross, His life blood dripping on the ground, Jesus’ accusers and His executioners railed against Him. His friends were gone, running scared. The miracles and love He gave freely were forgotten by the crowds.
The blameless One was dying like the two criminals on either side of Him. He took all our shame and guilt and transgression, every misdeed and violation and offence. He bore it all Himself.
So He lifted His eyes toward heaven and said,
Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.