Still borrowing and leaning heavily on the strong faith of friends:
Have mercy on me, O Gracious One,
According to you steadfast love;
According to your abundant kindness
Forgive me where my thoughts and
Deeds have hurt others.
Lead me in the path of justice
Guide my steps on pasts of peace
Teach me, that I may know my weaknesses,
The shortcomings that bind me
The unloving ways that separate me
That keep me from recognizing your Life in me;
For I keep company with fear, and dwell in the
House of ignorance.
Yet I was brought forth in love
And love is my birthright.
You have placed your truth in the inner being
Therefore; teach me the wisdom of the heart.
Forgive all that binds me in fear,
That I might radiate love;
Cleanse me that your light might shine in me.
Fill me with gladness;
Help me to transform weakness into strength.
Look not on my past mistakes
But on the aspirations of my heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O Gracious One,
And put a new and right spirit within me.
Enfold me in the arms of Love, and fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Restore in me the joy of your saving grace,
And encourage me with a new spirit.
Then I will teach others your ways,
And prisoners of fear will return to You.
Deliver me from the addictions of society,
O Healer of souls,
Keep me from temptation that
I may tell of your justice and mercy.
O Gracious One, open my lips and
My mouth shall sing forth your praise.
For You do not want sacrifice
You delight in our friendship with You.
A sacrifice most appropriate is a humble spirit;
A repentant and contrite heart;
O Merciful One, receive our gratitude and love.
O Blessed and Compassionate Friend,
Melt our hearts of stone, break through the fears that lead us to darkness, and
Guide our steps toward the way of peace.
(Adaptation by Nan C. Merrill, Psalms for Praying:An Invitation to Wholeness)