Squinting in the Mirror: A Prayer of Confession & Hope

Creator of the immensity & mystery:

You created us in your image,
   squinting, we see you in the mirror.

But we left your dream,
   pursuing our own selfish,
      idol-filled fantasies.

You could not bear to see us suffer,
   & you opened your covenantal arms.

We left and you called.
We returned and you embraced.
Still, we pursued idol-filled ways.

We confess again. We ask forgiveness.

And through our brother Jesus,
   your image in which we are created,
     is fresh again!

Our eyes turn again to that mirror,
   squinting, we see you.

Turning toward our earthly neighbors,
   we glimpse the same image of you.

Encourage us, lure us, tempt us to
   fulfill your dream of expansive love
      for the immensity & mystery.

Amen.                                               

based on Genesis 1:26-27, Judges 10:16, & Romans 8:29

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Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1:26-27, Judges, Judges 10, Judges 10:16, Prayer of the Day, Romans, Romans 8, Romans 8:18-39, Romans 8:29b

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