The gospel is for all people.
Yet sometimes we hide the gospel,
keeping the good news to ourselves.
Sometimes we proclaim our own version of the story;
a version that excludes those
who challenge our comfortable understandings;
a version that does not remind us
of our complicity with forms of human oppression.
Forgive us, God,
when we change history to feed our egos.
Forgive us, when we celebrate an end result,
without remembering the long and difficult journey.
Forgive us, God.
(Alydia Smith, from "God's Glory Cannot Be Hidden," a Black History Month worship service)