Confession of a Scrooge-like heart–Lawrence Moore, UK

Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession.

Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness.

Why do I so readily settle for less, Spirit-giver?
Respectable religion
instead of living faith;
God-at-a-distance
instead of the searing closeness of your parenthood;
sameness
instead of the adventure of Spirit-life?

What is it I fear about you, Spirit?
What keeps my Scrooge-like heart shuttered to your Day?
Why do I so love shadows
when you offer me all the vibrancy of Light?
Why do I, a Child of the Sun,
choose to live as a creature of the Night?

You stand at the door.
I hear your knock.
Perhaps, if I keep silent,
you will think the house is empty
and leave.

Yet I long for your whirlwind presence,
the sweet-smelling air of heaven.
Do not go away, persistent Spirit.
Wherever you are going today;
wherever you are blowing –
take me with you!

Amen.