Father, we are only too well aware that we are not the people you meant us to be. We are not living the kind of lives that you created us to live, and our words and thoughts and deeds are not bringing you the glory they were designed to do. Forgive us, Father, for the way that through our plans and dreams and choices we damage your world, we hurt each other and we create a barrier between ourselves and you. We ask that you will not only forgive us, but that by the power of your Holy Spirit you will cleanse and renew us. For Christ’s sake.