Another wonderful prayer, from my old friend, Ray. The emphasis is on friend…not old.
Lord, most of all today I’m thankful
that you keep our hearts tender enough
to see our sins—at least occasionally.
Because if it were left up to us, Lord,
we would most likely go on forever deluding ourselves
goodness and our badness.
We would much rather pay attention
to our struggles and conflicts
And you know how much more fun it is for us to
each other’s sins than to admit our own.
Were you watching and listening, Lord,
when we decided—
to rid our conversations
and our practice
of any thought or reference to
Did you notice when we stopped
confessing our sins?
stopped asking for your forgiveness?
And each other’s forgiveness?
Grant me, and each of us, Lord, the
grace to see ourselves in light
of your truth.
Deliver us from our daily
temptation to excuse ourselves from the
cleansing rituals of confession and repentance.
Deliver us, O Lord, from
Love us into light even when, mostly when
we would rather linger in the darkness.
Shine your bright, revealing, blinding
will on us so we may begin to see ourselves
as you see us.
Then, please, Lord, rescue us
Have mercy on us, O Lord,
and forgive the sins we see and confess.