our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Collect used only on Ash Wednesday - the
first day of Lent. The word sin is often used to mean
something like 'wrongdoing' or 'bad things'. It is better to think
of it as meaning something like 'not doing the best we can', or in
more grown up words 'falling short'. Do we always live up to the
values that we believe are important? When we do not do the best we
can then things get all mixed up and they then become chaos.