The works of our hands and the toiling of our flesh cannot make our spirits whole. Only the work and blood of Christ can give peace within. Only the grace of God can pardon our sin and break its bondage. Today we pray stanzas 1, 3, and 5 of the hymn, “Not What These Hands Have Done” (Lutheran Service Book, 567).
Source: “Sacred Meditations Collects” (Daily Lectionary found in Lutheran Service Book, pages 299-304 or Treasury of Daily Prayer.)