Prayer for Yom Kippur 2015

Spirit of Life, God of Many Names, Source of Love,

As the Holy Days of Rosh Hashana come to a close,

and we move relentlessly toward Yom Kippur,

and it’s call to Atonement,

teach us to let go of our grudges and our grievances;

to invite a spirit of acceptance and forgiveness into our lives,

and our communities.

Help us to make room for newness, and wonder, and grace,

in our hearts and our kitchens and our town squares.

To let go of the grip of blame, and shame, and anger,

that too often pervade our public spaces and our private lives.

We remember that we do not come to religious community for perfection;

we come for Fellowship,

for compassion,

for wisdom,

and for hope.

May we keep these virtues at our center when the need to always be right, or always be in control,

or to always be the one who saves;

Mother of Grace, center us when we stray from the grounded path.

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