Search our hearts, we pray, Lord;
shine your light within,
when we call our failings
anything but sin:

Proud of our achievements,
though our aims are wrong;
you can see our motives,
tainted all along.

Search our poor excuses
when we shift the blame,
seeing faults in others
while we do the same.

You, O Christ, can cleanse us,
judge us and forgive:
in the light you give us
let us walk, and live.


Christopher M Idle (b.1938)
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