O God, we all have a past; our past is everything that has happened to, in, through, and around us up to this point.
Of some of our past we are happily aware and of some of it we are sadly aware; some of it we celebrate and some of it we regret; some of it we remember and some of it we have forgotten; of some of it we were and are aware and of some of it we were and are unaware.
On the one hand, help us to accept, to appreciate, and to learn from our past.
On the other hand, help us not to be paralyzed by, to be drawn toward, or to try to live in our past.
Help us to give our past over to you since you, the Eternal One who lives outside of time, are the only One who can do anything with it, anyway.