Confessing Our Lack of Joy

Almighty God, our Everlasting Father,
we acknowledge that for our joy
you have sent us a Comforter – the Holy Spirit.
You have multiplied your promises to us.
You have shown us the future happiness that awaits us in heaven.
You have given us a living fountain to cleanse us from sin.

But we have so quickly forgotten these realities that prompt joy in our hearts.
We confess that we have sinned against You
by allowing divisions,
quarrels,
contentions,
weariness,
sadness,
despair,
and suffering
to rob us of our joy in You.

We ask that you restore to us the joy of our salvation
and create within us a pure heart and a willing spirit.
Forgive us O Lord and open our hearts to experience the joy of forgiven sin.
We pray this in the name of the One who poured out His life for our unending joy,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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