God, you know who we are

Sermon on the Mount by Cosimo Rosselli 1482, via Wikimedia Commons

O Lord our God, you know who we are;
  men with good consciences and with bad,
  persons who are content and those who are discontented,
  the certain and the uncertain,
Christians by conviction and Christians by convention,
  those who believe, those who half-believe,
    and those who disbelieve.
And you know where we have come from:
  from the circle of relatives, acquaintances and friends,
    or from the greatest loneliness;
  from a life of quiet prosperity,
    or from manifold confusion and distress;
  from family relationships that are well ordered
    or from those disordered, or under stress;
  from the inner circle of the Christian community
    or from its outer edge.

But now we all stand before you,
    in all our differences,
  yet alike in that we are all in the wrong
    with you and with one another,
  that we must all one day die,
  that we would be lost without your grace,
  but also with the promise that your grace
    is made available to us all
  in your dear Son, Jesus Christ.

Karl Barth, 1886-1968, Swiss theologian
2000 Years of Prayer slightly modified


We believe that we are all saved the same way,
  by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.

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