Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Psalm 51:10
Trust… what a beautiful word.
I didn’t think to associate it with Confession until I went to Confession recently. The priest kept repeating this little word, encouraging me to trust that I can turn to God in the sacrament of Confession. Trust that God is merciful, and I can always trust in his mercy. Through Fr. Adam, God told me the word that I didn’t know I needed to hear.
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Sometimes I grow afraid of going to Confession or I put off doing so because I have trouble trusting in God’s mercy. As beautiful as I know it is, I hesitate to receive his mercy. Maybe I convince myself that it isn’t for me, or I have to earn it somehow, but this isn’t the case! All I have to do is trust that my Heavenly Father is ready to embrace me in his mercy.
I used to think I needed courage to ask for forgiveness. I thought it was courage that would help me walk into the confessional, confess my sins, and receive God’s mercy. Concerning Confession, God doesn’t want us to be courageous warriors. Approaching Confession courageously keeps matters in our own hands. Trusting in God takes away the control that we try to grasp and allows us to lean on him. He wants us to trust him like children trust their loving father. This won’t happen if we try to be self-sufficient.
Answer his call to trust in him during this Advent season. Advent is a perfect time to go to Confession because it’s the season of preparing ourselves for Christ’s coming. God is waiting for you to trust him just a little more. He’s waiting to pour out his mercy for you. Whatever is holding you back from the beautiful sacrament of Confession, let that go so you can cling to your trust in God with both hands.