IF WE WANT TO GO on a journey of transformation, we need to get honest. We take off our halos and say, “God, I need you. I bring my prejudice before you, my racism. I bring my addictions, my greed, my need to have more. I bring my fear of not living up to others’ expectations that keeps me stuck in pretense.” We bring it all before Jesus and ask him to heal us, liberate us, transform us. We can never shock God. And the more honest we are, the deeper our experience of God’s love. “Just as I am, without one plea.”
– The Way of Transforming Discipleship Participant’s Book
From page 36 of The Way of Transforming Discipleship Participant’s Book by Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant. Copyright © 2005 Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Be honest before God as you pray today. Share your thoughts.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Psalm 51:1, NRSV
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This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).
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