A Call to Repentance [guest post by Dr. Arloa Sutter]


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If you don’t know of Dr. Arloa Sutter, you should! She is worth following on Twitter, her book The Invisible is well worth the read, and the ministry she leads is one of the most highly respected in the city of Chicago (and as an aside, if you are in Chicago, you should really come to their benefit dinner. I’m hosting a table and would love to have you there!)

There was a city-wide prayer event last week at the Daley Center, and pastors and faith leaders from across Chicago were invited to lead the city in prayer. Arloa did a powerful prayer on repentance, and it roused everyone who heard it:

We start with repentance.

We who are called to be beacons of hope and life and redemption have abandoned the poor.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have disregarded and discarded them, judged them, ignored them.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have become fat, arrogant and unconcerned.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have stood by, co-opted by systems that have trapped people in dilapidated housing, in communities devoid of opportunities.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have sent young men to prison without adequate representation. We haven’t provided for their development or for their welfare upon release.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have stood by complacently allowing young men to despair of finding meaningful employment, leaving them without hope, scraping out a meager existence and we wonder why their anger erupts.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have incarcerated the innocent mentally ill alongside hardened criminals, abandoning them to lives of misery.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have abandoned families with young children, adolescents raising babies without support while they struggle with their own teenage problems.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have stood by while young children full of hope and promise have had their hopes dashed again and again until they give up their aspirations and take to the streets.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

We have prayed but we have not obeyed.

Lord have mercy. Forgive us.

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