A prayer of confession: our failure to witness

Lord, we have so much so say.
When a helicopter crashed in our suburb
We kept talking about it for weeks.

When we get bad service,
And sometimes when we get excellent service,
We want everyone to know.

When we fall in love
Or a butterfly lands on our nose,
We can’t wait to tell someone.

But, Lord, we’re strangely silent about you.
The Lord of creation has fallen in love with us,
And we keep it to ourselves.

Perhaps we’ve gotten used to having you around;
You don’t make spectacular entrances like the helicopter;
You are just there — everywhere.

We have forgotten, or we take for granted,
The extraordinary extravagance of your grace.
We have forgotten that Jesus died for us.

We have forgotten what it was like to be forgiven,
To be loved when we deserved denial,
To be welcomed when we had nowhere to go.

We have forgotten what it was like to be without you,
To be guilty, alone and without hope.
We have forgotten the glory of the light shining in our darkness,
Love drenched in mercy finding us and bringing us home.

O Lord, there is a world of people around us
Who need to know your love,
Who need light to shine in their darkness,
Love and mercy to bring them home.

We have a word to give them;
A sure and certain hope to share with them.
More spectacular than a crash,
More beautiful than a butterfly.

Lord, forgive our silence in the face of injustice,
Forgive our silence in the face of our neighbours’ suffering,
Forgive us for clinging to hope instead of sharing it,
For our hesitant, selective, conditional love.

Forgive us Lord, not because we deserve it,
But because you promised it.
Not because we have arrived, but because we journey with you.

Shine your light again in the darkness, Lord.
Flood us afresh with your Spirit of joy and delight,
Of mercy and of love.

Write your love on our hearts again,
Let our eyes reflect it, our mouths proclaim it,
And our lives declare it.

In the name of Jesus,
Our Lord, our Friend and our Life.




Filed under Meditation & Prayer, Prayers and Meditations

8 responses to “A prayer of confession: our failure to witness

  1. Paul Toschi

    Can I re-post this if I acknowledge the source? I already have an RSS feed from you on christiancontact.co.nz, but I’d love to copy and paste to FB if I may? Thank you for blessing us with this prayer, with which we’ll start off our home group tomorrow evening. Paul Toschi, New Zealand

    On Sun, 19 May 2013 01:12:29 +1200, Wondering Preacher wrote: >


  2. Norma Webster

    I agree with Caddo, it is a very beautiful prayer, and it is difficult to pick out a special line, or sentence. I found it very meaningful when you first read it and in reading the written word, it has not lost it’s beauty or meaning. God bless you dear, Mum


  3. Wow, this is so good brother Ian–I can’t even pick out a favorite line because every one touches me in a deep and beautiful way. Usually, I’m writing about how great He is, here on the blogs–how I’m all gaga over Him. However, I did have a spontaneous opportunity just this week, to share 2 things about Him: that He is a better financial provider than the practice of buying lottery tickets!; and that because He cares about whatever I care about, He hears my prayers for the folks I know–even “just acquaintances”–and will answer! I hope it planted or watered some seeds. God bless you BIG today–love, sis Caddo


    • Yes….mind you, the lottery……no, you’re right!! 🙂
      And, yes, I have always thought that prayer is more about our participating in God’s concerns than informing God about the needs around us, of which he is already aware.


  4. Too true. Hiding seems much easier.
    Thanks, Diana.


  5. Diana Coke

    Hello Ian,

    Thanks once more for your thought-provoking message.

    I really have to ask myself all these same questions – and I don’t even understand why even doing that is difficult to do.



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