We follow a God we do not fully understand.
We have an ultimate truth in the Bible that mystifies us as it instructs us to trust this God.
We serve Jesus Christ, who baffled the people of his time and he continues to baffle the people of this one.
Please forgive us as we make a mess of our own lives trying to attain the perfection we are called to live without the ability to do so.
Please forgive us as we are prone to be just like anyone else – regardless of religion.
Please forgive us as we fail, often, to be the things we claim – gracious, loving, just, faithful, right/righteous.
Please forgive us as we make a mockery of our own religion by tearing one another down because we don’t fully agree together on some of the outliers of what we believe.
We will, despite our attempts, continue to hurt you and to hurt one another.
We will, despite our attempts, continue to fail at this life.
But I hope we will, despite our failings, continue to pursue reconciliation with God and with each other and with you.
This is a blanket request that is not meant to take the place of the (many) individual and immediately and continuously needed requests for forgiveness.
This is a blanket request that is not meant to cover the sins of Christians nor is it meant to even comfort; rather to confront the gap between the hope in our belief and the interpretation of our lives.
This is a blanket request that is not meant to be read as coming from every Christian, but coming from this one.
It is, at the very least, one Christian’s recognition that this world is in need of something and someone better than us, Christians. In our own failings, I hope this need is evident and I hope this need points to Christ more than it points to us and our failings.