Lectionary Selection: Mark 10:46-52
Prayers for Morocco:
Sometimes we get so caught up in being a part of the Church that we forget your message. In our rush to feel like a member of something important, we miss the point and become exclusionary.
Forgive us for being a part of Jesus’s crowd and yet denying the blind beggar his voice;
When we ignore suffering;
When we mistake our privileges for things we have earned;
When we claim exclusive ownership of the truth.
Yes God, forgive us our ignorance and put in its place the wisdom to encourage and bring suffering people to you.
This opinion article originally appeared as part of the United Church of Christ's Witness for Justice series.
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