God, this is about the secret sins
which we have managed, we think,
to conceal from others
but which are an open book to you.
You see the sly dishonesty, the creeping pride,
the selfish preoccupation,
the lustful thoughts, the abusive actions,
the crooked business dealings, the tight-fisted stinginess
and the fear of facing consequences we deserve.
We have prepared a bitter table and sit alone.
The unseen guest at every table surprises us
with his invitation to a different banquet
where bread and wine flow freely
and where forgiveness counters all bitterness.
We come Lord Jesus, we’re your guest,
let this food to us be blest. Amen.