repentance and forgiveness

Here is a prayer of confession of sin that I wrote a few months ago. Writing my own prayers has been very beneficial to my spiritual practice. There are plenty of other prayers of confession that I can and do use, but I also wrote this one because I felt like I needed to.

As your beloved child, God,
please have mercy on me and forgive me
for the ways I have harmed myself and others
and my relationship with you.

Jesus, Son of God, fully man and fully divine;
Because of your incarnation,
Your death, burial, and resurrection,
Wash me clean.

For I have not loved you with my whole heart, mind, soul, and strength,
And neither have I loved myself, or others.

I have come to tell you the truth about what I have done;
Where I have fallen short of your desires for me,
and gone my own way.

I turn back to you,
with the full understanding and knowledge that it is I who have messed up,
who has denied your presence and love,
and not lived as of I believe I have been redeemed by you.

Thank-you for your patience,
for waiting for me with your arms wide open to embrace me.
Please forgive me, and restore the parts of our relationship that I have fractured.
Help me to learn from my wrong and to accept your love and forgiveness,
and in doing so, also love and forgive myself.

And Holy Spirit,
please continue to guide me and show me my wrong,
help me to remain open to your wisdom and advice.
Please help me to pursue the things that are good for me,
and help me to walk in repentance and acknowledge that I belong to you
and to live into my belovedness. 

Published by MaryClare StFrancis

MaryClare StFrancis is a writer who sounds as boring as hell but who is intimately acquainted with the horrific and the sacred. For a long time, darkness has been her friend, but she now walks in the light of Christ. As a committed Episcopalian, her main contribution to the church is her ability to make the priests facepalm or swear, depending on the day and context. MaryClare has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and lives in Mississippi with her four children.

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