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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Daily Confessional

When you know you've sinned, how long do you wait before you confess? What is God's part and your part in the confession process? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1699).

My days begin with prayer, devotional readings, and communion. For the communion service I use the Methodist Hymnal's traditional text beginning on page 26. I have modified this service slightly attesting to my own special needs. The CONFESSION is of utmost importance. In the confession one modification I have made is that I say in the second line "judge of all persons" instead of "judge of all people."  This is necessary for me to feel comfortable in that our Heavenly Father has a relationship with each and every one of us on an individual basis. I additionally have modified the following sentence with what is indicated here by the use of brackets: "We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed [through omission and commission] by thought, word, and deed against thy divine Majesty."  This modification is necessary to emphasize that it is not only what I have done which needs repentance, but very importantly what I have not done in thought, word, deed.  I have two other modifications here indicated by brackets: "And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins [and imperfections] to offer unto thee any sacrifice...."  I include imperfections because I am replete not only with sin, but with a truckload of body blemishes and imperfections.  For the same reason, I include a related modification in the "Prayer for Humble Access:" "We do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness [and perfection], but in thy manifold and great mercies."  All of these modifications point to the necessity of confession and need for personal forgiveness and acceptance. God's part was made manifest in Jesus who became man (presumably, complete with all man's body odors) yet embodied the supreme demonstration of righteousness.

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