Oh Beautiful Holy One,
We know.
We know that the sorrow, the terror, the awfulness of horror and hate
are not because of You.
It’s because Sin.
It’s because of Hurt.
It’s because of Narrowness, Pulled-in Fear,
It’s because of Unaware Brokeness.

We pray for Forgiveness,
because without it,
we are Lost.
because without it,
we don’t know Who we are, or Whose we are.
Without forgiveness,
without Grace,
we will continue to be devastated and weak.

Strip us to the core,
Lead us to step into the courageous sweet waters
that cleanse us with lavender lime scented Glory,
that renew us in endless extravagant red rose bouquets of Absolute Love,
the streams of hope
that gives us a full Name,
and a new Call
as your Beautiful Beloved.



Rev. Karla Miller is the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA, on the North Shore of Boston.


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