I write some of the liturgy for my church and one of the things I usually write is called the "confession of need," which is a special kind of confession where we recognize how much we need Godde in our lives and ask how do we invite Her in more and more fully. I really enjoy writing them! This is the one for the Christmas season and so I thought I would post it here. If you are not Christian, then just wait for my next post. If you are, then I hope the confession inspires you to become more introspective and ponder the story of Christ's birth a little more deeper and to not be afraid if you do not have all the answers or do not know quite what to believe. Spirituality is a mystery and it is by opening ourselves up to the unknown that we really grow.
In this season of Christmas, it can be so hard to make time for what actually matters, which is to be true to you, O God. We hurry and worry and put on the top of our list the agenda of making every Christmas party, while resting at the bottom is mindfulness, wonder, and acting in your image. In this season we need to pause and listen for your call, just like the characters in the first Christmas story listened to the call of your angels so long ago.
How do we do this? How do we remember what is really important amid the traffic and the obligations?
Let us set aside a time and be quiet. Let us listen for your call. Let us ponder the story of Christ’s birth anew, with the ears of a child. We do not need to have all the answers. We do not need to believe in things that we cannot believe in anymore, but we do need to re-imagine how Christ’s story affects our own life story. We do need to nurture our inner child and our inner Christ. We need to use this season to not race towards our own shallow agenda, but to gather closer to each other and the call of Christ.
Let us be ever faithful, Amen.