Reflection by Scott Stoner
The Prayer of Confession concludes with the following words, which are helpful as we pause and reflect on our week and our theme: “Confession is good for the soul.”
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
In these words, we see the purpose of confessing our sins and the reason that “confession is good for the soul.” Our humble confession leads to forgiveness, a chance to reset the direction of our lives so that we can delight in God’s will and walk in God’s ways.
In our Living Compass programs, we talk about how a spiritual compass helps us to check our bearings. Based on what we discover we determine whether we desire to make any changes in the direction we are heading. This Prayer of Confession serves the same purpose; it invites us to honestly and humbly self-reflect so that we can then reset our direction as needed.
Making It Personal: What did you learn this week about how confession is good for the soul? Is there a particular thought about this that you want to write down? Is there a conversation you want to have with someone based on what you have learned this week? What might you want to do differently going forward regarding what you have learned about confession and forgiveness this week?
Follow along with us this Lent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.