It’s coming. The actual day that Marty McFly visits in Back to the Future II. Okay, the day is actually October 21, 2015, but for the last three years people change the year on the photo and celebrate on Facebook like we officially made it to the future. Every year this day brings the extreme disappointment that we don’t have hoverboards yet. That would just be awesome.
Stepping into the future brings other letdowns as well. I feel like I am always measuring myself against my ideal self, an unrealistic standard that I hold for myself, never to be attained. In order to avoid thinking about what we could be, it’s easier to be comfortable with the decisions that we’ve made and places that we find ourselves. I don’t think that this is the kind of contentment that God desires for us to dwell in. True peace (or shalom) that we seek comes when we can be freed from the ways that we have fallen short, which allows us to move more freely into the future. If it is a sin to know what we ought to do and not do it (James 4:17), then I weekly, daily need forgiveness for the ways I fall short of seeking God with my all.
Today I offer you a Prayer of Confession. It was presented corporately at the small church we attended on Sunday. How refreshing to know that gathering in the name of Jesus brings with it the opportunity to move forward with freedom.
Prayer of Confession (from the Book of Common Worship)
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.