Nov 28, 2011

Christmas Confession

Here’s a prayer of confession for the Christmas season.  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Prayer of Confession for Christmas

O God, you search us out and know us,
and all that we are is open to you.
We confess that we have sinned.
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we make no room for Christ,
and fail to welcome him into our lives,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we follow shooting stars
and squander our gifts in Herod's court,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we seek to cut down those
who might rise above us,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we sanitise your birth place
and erase from memory the poor and displaced,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

When we sing sweet sentiments over Christ's birth,
and fail to rejoice over his everyday presence,
In your mercy, Lord,
forgive us and heal us.

We turn to you, O Christ,
perfect union of Spirit and flesh;
We renounce evil;
We claim your love;
We choose to be made whole.

— written by Nathan Nettleton, and posted on his Laughingbird website.  

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