Creator, we know that your hands formed and fashioned us. Yet we know sinful human beings rebel against our Maker. We at times reject your designs. We have not feared you, but thought of you as “safe” and as unimportant. We thought we knew better, and therefore sinned. Because of our sins, we have given others little reason to rejoice in you. So we pray, “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. Let your mercy come to me, that I may live…” We deserve to be put to shame, yet you give us life. You have made us hope in your word, and hope does not disappoint us—we will never be put to shame! We praise you, our Creator and our Redeemer. We ask for forgiveness and life through Jesus, our great High Priest, amen. (Based on Psalm 119:73-80 and Romans 5)