You have searched us and known us, O God,
And we cannot pretend that we are something we are not.
Forgive us our despair, our hopelessness, and our fear,
For we know that they close the doors to living faithfully.
Awaken us by your Holy Spirit to a fuller dimension of faith
Leading us to find in our neighbors the opportunities for love.
In the name of him who teaches us a new way to live.