Friday: Psalm 32; Isaiah 11.11-16; Philippians 3.1-11

From: Andrea Huber

With how many people in your life are you completely honest? Are there people who you can share your thoughts with no matter how lowly or sinful? Even in my deepest relationships, it is difficult to be transparent about my real motives without at least quickly editing myself or spinning it to look a bit neater. 

As I read Psalm 32, I realize that repentance is an invitation to complete honesty. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit” says verse 1. 

In whose spirit there is no deceit. 

I once had a therapist tell me that therapy is the modern day confessional. I believe she was right. My conversations with her were where I shared my true thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and where I became open to God’s spirit changing those deeply held truths. I wonder if we would experience our own forgiveness differently if we viewed prayers of repentance as an invitation to true freedom. As God’s beloved children, I pray that we would enter repentance in this season bringing our true selves and that God would bless us with his unending grace. 

I am a new wife and a new mother who is trying to make Christmas about Jesus and not about presents. It’s really hard.