Feelings of Failure

Gracious God, there are times when I am so disappointed in myself—times when I fail to measure up to my own or others' expectations.  What begins as disappointment can easily turn to shame, guilt, and deep regret. Help me waken to your promise of mercy that will keep me from focusing on my failure.  Let that mercy soften the harshness I place on my soul until I am able to rejoice in my humanity and find in that humanity the courage to begin again. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.