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Gracious God, in the course of our daily lives,

we hear many different voices: work, family,

and many other responsibilities call out to us.

And, we let our noisy lives desensitize us to

the sound of your call.

Forgive us, we pray, for the times we were

deaf to the sound of your voice in a stranger

or friend. Forgive us, God, for the times we

ignored the voice of the Spirit calling from

within us. Forgive our failure to listen, Lord,

and remind us to listen again.

Help us hear with discerning ears, so we may

respond in faith and love. Amen