Fully Known (Thursday 20 April)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

You have looked deep
into my heart, Lord,
    and you know all about me.
You know when I am resting
    or when I am working,
    and from heaven
    you discover my thoughts.

You notice everything I do
    and everywhere I go.
Before I even speak a word,
    you know what I will say,
 and with your powerful arm
    you protect me
    from every side.

(Psalm 139: 1-5)

Reflect:

Psalm 139 is a beautiful reminder that we are fully seen and known, and yet still fully loved by our creator God. The fear in confessing sin to people comes from the chance that they will reject us as a result of our revelation. Nothing we confess to God will make him turn his back on us, because he already knows it, and he loves us anyway.

Respond:

Allow the truth of today’s reading to sink in to your mind and heart. God sees you. God knows you. God loves you.

 

Midday Meditation:

'If there is a terror about darkness because we cannot see, there is also a terror about light because we can see. There is a terror about light because much of what we see in the light about ourselves and our world we would rather not see, would rather not have be seen.'

 (Frederick Buechner)

Evening Reflection:

A huge part of confession is forgiveness… It is important to understand confession as a process. Since forgiveness is a process and almost always takes a significant amount of time, the practice of confession becomes an integral part of this process. There is nothing more healing for sin than bringing it into the light. The best way to bring sin into the light is through confession.’

(Michael Bischof)

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