Oh Lord God, my sin! My sin! How great are my offenses against Thee! The accumulation of them rots and stinks in the remote regions of my soul for lack of confession. Ah the foolishness of vain self-protection from the One who saves to the uttermost! So, with St. Paul, I desire to be crucified with Thee O Christ, daily. Help me to see that illnesses and limitations and losses are divine gifts that are nails to bind me to Thy cross; keeping me from yet more sins and rescuing me from vanity that would destroy my witness, but even worse, rob Thee of Thy glory and cloak the power of Thy grace. In this crucifixion, lead me through the lifelong pursuit of mortification of sin until at last Thy grace hath overwhelmed the remaining remnants of the flesh. Then, like the early morning light that flooded the dark tomb where the body of Jesus lay, Thy resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead will raise me unto glorification and eternal life with Thee. Then will my crucifixion be gloriously complete in Thee and I, who live in part, now, will be liberated to live fully forever more. Thy love sustains my life until then. Thy life and Thy sacrifice O Lord Jesus covers and cleanses me continually until then. Oh the wonder of Thy grace. Oh the glory of Thy cross. Oh the sweet joys of the spikes that are holding me close to the wounds which cleanse. This prayer I offer as my morning confession, and my daily sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
May 14, 2012