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Confessions of an Imperfect Person

“I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let everyone who is faithful, pray to you immediately.” – Psalms 32:5-6

Arizona Sunset, Photo by Sarah and Matthew HammackGrowing up, I knew confession was something people did in the presence of a priest. They sat down in a tall, narrow, booth thing (confessional), and talked to the priest who was seated behind the wall. This was how people could be forgiven for their sins.  I did not understand the importance of this at a young age; to be honest, I did not really understand confession at all.  I just knew that as I grew up, the more I began to understand, I too wanted to be forgiven for my sins.

I know I was born a sinner. There are times I feel that I do not deserve forgiveness for things I think or say, especially in traffic. It is usually a hard pill for me to swallow when I confess to Him; I feel embarrassed and ashamed.

I usually pray in my car where I can think. Once the confession comes out, I feel like a weight has been lifted. I feel that because of my honesty, I am closer to God.  My faith in the Lord allows the guilt and embarrassment to go away and I begin to feel something else: hope.

What does confession mean to me? It is being honest with Him and myself. No matter how bad or embarrassed I feel, my honesty with Him gives me hope that I am on the right path. When I confess, it helps me get closer to His path.  I am an imperfect person who wants to be better.

“I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let everyone who is faithful, pray to you immediately.” – Psalms 32:5-6

About Teresa Johnson
I have been a member of the church for a couple of years now. I spend my time raising my two beautiful little guys and grooming dogs. I am a proud military wife.

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