These are questions from the back of Michael Yaconelli’s little book Messy Spirituality God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People. It’s another “little” book that I love. Sometimes, for me, small books contain the deepest and best thoughts that really work for me.
We all seem to spend more time worrying about what we haven’t done and focused on our imperfections rather than on God’s unconditional love for us and what I believe to be God’s fondness for the imperfect. This seems to fit with this week's Gospel lesson.
Messy Spiritualityis an easy and rewarding read. Add it to your Fall reading list.
Here is a prayer to go along with Michael’s book:
Faithful God, you persistently invite us to come to you with our needs. We confess that is feels more comfortable to trust our own power than to trust your love. We confess that we don’t like to feel out of control: that we don’t like to ask for help; that we don’t like to believe that we are not sufficient unto ourselves. Unlock the chains of our pride and grant us the faith to trust in your love and grace.