Forgive Us Our Closed Minds Which Barricade Themselves Against New Ideas (Prayer)
Spirit of God,
you are the breath of creation,
the wind of change that blows through our lives,
opening up new dreams and new hopes,
new life in Jesus Christ.
Forgive our closed minds
which barricade themselves against new ideas,
preferring the past
to what you might want to do
through us tomorrow.
Forgive our closed eyes
which fail to see the needs of your world,
blind to the opportunities of service and love.
Forgive our closed hands
which clutch our gifts and our wealth
for our use alone.
Forgive our closed hearts
which limit our affection
to ourselves and our own.
Spirit of new life,
forgive and break down the prison walls
of our selfishness,
that we might be open to your love
and open for the service of your world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.