O God, I breathe in the silence, and remember the times when I cluttered the silence with unnecessary or harmful words. O God, I draw near to you in prayer And remember the times when I forgot you are with me— that you are present and moving in this world. O God, I slow my pace, And remember the times when I drowned out people’s cries with the noise of a busy life. O God, my heart goes out to others, But I remember the times when I let chasms grow between myself and the others I encountered. O God, I seek your forgiveness, And remember the times When I stumbled, and fell, And failed to love as you do. O God, hear my prayer, now and always, Let me sense your abiding grace.