Forgive us, O God, for…
…our inhumanity that leads us to think of people in categories and as stereotypes;
…our hectic lifestyle that leads us to rush right by people without taking them into full consideration; and
…our fear that leads us to present ourselves not as we are but rather as we think people want us to be.
Help us, O God, to slow down, to take each individual as she or he comes, and both to know our true selves and to have the courage to present our true selves.
Help us, O God, to take the time, to have the patience, and to make the effort to know and to accept ourselves and to know and to accept others--
--until we have faces.