A confession, a promise and a blessing to all human kind

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A confession: I have lived with ignorance about many things. I have said and done, not said and not done things that have caused pain, affirmed stereotypes, and deepened wounds.

A promise: I will use my life to love, get curious with, seek to understand, stand with, stand up for, and walk alongside my brothers and sisters of all cultural backgrounds. I denounce hate and will refrain from its violence in speech or deed. I promise to use my words to love people, speak to one’s beloved-ness, bring life, and give courage.

A blessing for humanity

May the Good Creator bless you with purpose.
May He bless you with eyes to see everything He has made and announced good.
May He bless you with ears to hear and know the sound of His voice, so that you might listen to and respond to His lovingkindness for all of His creation.
May He bless you with hope that He who made you and every human on this planet, in His image for good.

May the Beautiful Savior bless you with deep belief in Him.
May Jesus bless you with belief in his death and resurrection and His vast love for all people.
May He bless you with eyes to see every person who has been made out of the very same love that sent Him to the cross.
May He bless you with ears to Hear his voice as he chooses to speak life to you.
May He bless you with a heart to receive His beautiful, life saving, love.
May He bless you with hands that give to others, out of that same love.
May the Beautiful Savior bless you with Himself and may He make His beautiful saving love and peace known through you.

May the True Friend bless you with His presence.
May He bless you with His guiding spirit to show you what is true.
May He bless you with life that is abundant and full.
May He bless you with knowledge of the way that leads to life, for every person.
May His spirit fill you with such truth that causes you to befriend every person you see. May you be blessed to see both your neighbor and your enemy become your friend.
May you be blessed to know the friendship of Jesus and extend that friendship to every person along your way.

May the Almighty Forgiver bless you with forgiveness for the hatred you hold for the other.
May He bless you with conviction where you have remained ignorant of the cost of your actions.
May He bless you with an awareness of the words you use and the words you withhold. May He bless you with the ability to forgive deeply rooted sins against you.
May He bless you with the ability to forgive those peoples and cultures who have willfully or unknowingly inflicted pain upon you.
May He bless you with humility, grace and kindness.

May the Everlasting One search your heart and see if there be any wicked way in you and lead you to the way everlasting.
May He awaken you to thought or action that seeks to kill, steal, or destroy any other.
May He lead you to confess these ways and turn away from them and the belief source inside which has led you to live in such ways.

May the Lover of your soul bless you with His courage.
May He bless you with the ability to stand with the oppressed, speak with the voices of those who have been ignored, stand-up for image bearers who are mocked, hated, and mistreated and shield others from the hand of violence.
May the Lover of your soul bless you with HIS Courage to love with wild abandon, to live generously, kindly, and graciously, offering His goodness, truth and beauty to all.
May He bless you with the ability to see all people, all people, with the same love with which He sees you.

May we be blessed to receive this blessing and to live out of it in the world both today and forever more. Amen

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