God, help us find our confession;
The truth within us which is hidden from our mind;
The beauty or ugliness we see elsewhere
But never in ourselves;
The stowaway which has been smuggled
Into the dark side of the heart,
Lead us into the darkness that we may find what lies concealed;
That we may confess it towards the light.
– Michael Leunig
Photo by Flickr CC User:dfaulder
This poem is an excerpt from Ruth Haley Barton’s post: “Lent: Help us Find Our Confession,” which includes a wonderful prayer of confession.
Like Ruth, I couldn’t pray through her detailed prayer in one sitting. As I prayed, the Holy Spirit gently reminded me of where I had failed to love. It always seems to boil down to love or not to love.
The process also made me thankful for the gracious gift of God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
I invite you to join us in finding your confession as Easter draws near.
(Another little break from our exploring Joy Series. I promise we will finish. Thanks for your patience.)
And also linking with wise Holley