As we begin each day, we are given new opportunities to live in and with and through Christ. I have started my day for a few weeks now with various prayers and today I share a prayer from Walter Brueggemann. With confidence, know that we are know, fully and completely. Once you pray this prayer, I encourage you to visit Psalm 139 and enjoy the power in the knowledge that we are wholly known.
The priest say, ‘Almighty God… from whom no secrets are hid.’
We rush to the next phrase but no linger there.
We are rich conundrums of secrets,
we weave a pattern of lies in order to be
well thought of,
we engage in subterfuge about our truth.
We carry old secrets too painful to utter,
too shameful to acknowledge,
too burdensome to bear,
of failures we cannot undo,
of alienations we regret but cannot fix,
of grandiose exhibits we cannot curb.
And you know them.
You know them all.
And so we take a deep sigh in your presence,
no longer needing to pretend and
cover up and
We mostly do not have big sins to confess,
only modest shames that do not
fit our hoped-for selves.
And then we find that your knowing is more
powerful than our secrets.
You know and do not turn away,
and our secrets that seemed too powerful
are emptied of strength,
secrets that seemed too burdensome
are now less severe.
We marvel that when you find us out
you stay with us,
taking us seriously,
taking our secrets soberly,
but not ultimately,
overpowering our little failure
with your massive love
and abiding patience.
We long to be fully, honestly
exposed to your gaze of gentleness.
In the moment of your knowing
we are eased and lightened,
and we feel the surge of joy move in our bodies,
because we are not ours in cringing
but yours in communion.
We are yours and find the truth before you
makes us free for
wonderf, love, and praise–and new life.”
You are the God “From Whom No Secrets Are Hid” and we are thankful.