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A Confession

October 12, 2015

“Lord, help us not to shy away from our own transgressions,

neither to hold the sins of others against them,

but to name sin with confidence that

your forgiveness has the power

to effect a just reconciliation in our world. Amen.”

— page 476, Common Prayer:

A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

We’re all better at some things than others, and many of us are horrible at Confession.

This prayer opens with a request that begs for God’s help immediately: “Lord, help us not to shy away from our own transgressions.”

I have to stop right here and get busy confessing.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1st John 1:9)

Join me?


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  1. I have a friend who finds my (not the one I am with right now) constant acknowledgment of and request for forgiveness for my transgressions to be a flaw. I haven’t asked but perhaps she feels that I should save things up rather than uttering acknowledgment immediately. Maybe I should find a greater governor for my mouth when out and about?


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