In this space of Grace, you have the opportunity to be real real –real with God and real with ourselves. Be fully honest. Examine yourself. Examine your fears, your hates, your doubts, your biases, and your worries. Some of you come exhausted, frayed, and frail. Some of you come suffering, hurting, and weeping. Some of you come numb, senseless, and expressionless. Bring it all before the One who already knows you fully and welcomes you anyway. Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, we are frail. We are weak. We find ourselves spent trying to frantically keep up our image, reputations, looks, prestige, and position. We discover our own judgments, fears, and biases coming back to haunt us. Set us free, O God, from the façades we create for ourselves and the unfair expectations we place on others. Thank you for forgiving us and freeing us so that we have the opportunity to become something more by discarding all that entangles us, all that we think we must be, and to just be the creatures we were created to be. Thank you for forgiving us and surrounding us with the love of Jesus Christ.