Father I release those
You bring to my mind right now
from the responsibility to meet my needs.
I lift to You those who have hurt and failed me.
Forgive me the cruelties I’ve committed
as I’ve become insensitive to their suffering.
Help me exhibit Your nurturing love to those I have resented,
so I may be prospered in my work and nothing will block my prayers.
I trust You to meet my needs.
Teach me to appropriate Your strength
at my point of need.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
--from day 64