March 22

Psalm 32:1-5

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I                                               will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” vs. 5

For some reason many people seem to love carrying the burdens of the past as they try to make their way through a life that can at times be horribly difficult. Maybe they’ve been told that “big boys don’t cry” or have the impression that confessing vulnerability is a sign of weakness. The psalmist knew what that was like. He didn’t like to talk about stuff either–day after day he kept the past bottled up inside, even as his anxieties multiplied. Probably, like some of us, he became accomplished at maintaining a facade of contentment and would quickly deny that there were any issues in his life. But we can’t fool our bodies, and as our interior selves are stifled, there will be observable consequences for our health. Finally he gave up the pretense and unloaded to the Lord, pouring out all the pain and guilt he’d been keeping bottled up–and his life was transformed. It is said that confession is good for the soul and nothing could be more true. And it’s not just a matter of reciting a well-worn list of sins periodically. Confession at its core is laying bare all the pain and sorrow of our lives, everything we’ve been denying, all the weight we’ve been carrying. It’s not easy, but when it happens it’s as though we’ve been born again.

Thought for the Day: Who have been my confessors?

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