That it may please thee to give us true repentance; to forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances; and to endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to thy holy Word, We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
This is an excerpt from The Great Litany, one of the longest and, in my opinion, most beautiful prayers in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. This litany is often chanted on the first Sunday of Lent…and every year, I find myself in awe of the innumerable ways in which we as humans fail to earn God’s grace. We really are sinful, helpless creatures. I’m not trying to sound depressing or anything…it’s just truly amazing if you think about it. Our very existence relies on God. And yet we continuously fail to live up to the example of God in Jesus Christ. We are blessed creatures that God has already forgiven. Think about that! It’s pretty awesome! Be thankful that we do not have to earn grace! Otherwise, none of us would earn it!