Confession: Terrains of Sinfulness

God our Hope, be our guide in all the terrains of sinfulness.
When sin is glittering, and we have eyes for nothing else
and are oblivious to consequences;
be with us then.
When sin is disguised, and we do wrong things thinking they are right
because we are entirely misguided;
be with us then.
When sin is justified, and we know something is wrong
but we find a million reasons why we can do it;
be with us then.
When sin is a category we reject, and we follow our own way
ignoring the guidelines of the community;
be with us then.
When sin is crystal clear, and we are bent on destruction,
choosing to overstep with conscious malice;
be with us then.
When sin is foggy, and we go full steam ahead
because we can’t be bothered to be cautious;
be with us then.
When we find ourselves lost in giant messes,
mired in the muck of sinfulness,
confronted with the destruction we’ve caused,
Jesus you are with us.
Hear our prayer of confession,
and show us a path to freedom.
Map out how to right the wrong we’ve done.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit
and give us strength to turn from sin,
living in new ways,
thinking new thoughts.
Let us live in the landscape of your grace forever.

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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