April 20, 2016: Forgiven

`by Louis Templeman

I will arise and go to my father and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Luke 15: 18-19

There is no way to not sin. There is no way to avoid failures. It is almost a universal tendency to warp our psyches in shame. This we learn in the foundational doctrine of “original sin”. We are children of Adam and Eve and basically have inherited our sin nature – it’s in our DNA, as it were. Some of us manage to structure our lives so that we avoid social embarrassments that come from sin and moral failures. Others, due to personal disposition or poor childhood training, seem to wallow in sin as a pig in mud. In the spectrum of sinful living, however, there are no bragging rights. Whether we sin a lot or a little we have failed and have earned a complete disinheritance from our Father in heaven. And, even though we all have fallen short of the glory of God and shame is our due, nevertheless, forgiveness is our right. Because someone else earned it for us. How do we receive our right? Simple, prayer. If it is your first time praying this type of prayer or the ten thousandths. Doesn’t matter. You’re a human being. You are loved. It is your option by the power of God’s gift.

God of all mercy,

We confess that we have sinned against you,

Opposing your will in our lives.

We have denied your goodness in each other,

In ourselves and in the world you have created.

We repent of the evil that enslaves,

The evil we have done

And the evil done on our behalf.

Forgive, restore, and strengthen us

Through our Savior Jesus Christ,

That we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.*

Is this delightful, or what? Now bless yourself with the following.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

*Paraphrase of the Confession of Sin found in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.


Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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