AND MOVE ON. Break free. Fly like doves.
THAT is crazy hard.
One of my favorite parts of the Lutheran service is confession. We all stand there before God and we purge the past week. Together. We all purge our souls and the past and hand it over to Jesus and He reminds us each week we are wiped clean and how much we need HIM. Born again every week.
Lord, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts that we may love you more. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and your truth is not in us.
We confess that we are in bondage to sin, and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Jesus, have mercy on us. forgive us, renew us, lead us to walk in your ways and delight in your glory.
But you know what? We are human. Even with confession, not every brick of that wall gets purged. We hold on to some of the bricks. Some of the mortar is still strong. Mortar of fear. Some of our fears and transgressions stay with us. I think God expects that. But He knows, we will eventually let go if we keep trying. He knows each week if we trust in Him that we will purge more. That we will trust that He will be there to help us fly. He is there waiting for us to break free of each individual struggle each and every day.
And watch us fly.