Telling the Truth

Our sins are paltry

Our insights dim

Our wisdom is missing

Our worship a sin

Our knowledge is wanting

Our commentary dumb

Our opinions mean nothing

When our hearts are numb

Our play is destructive

Our work wasted

Our mouths are open tombs

We have disgraced grace

Our minds are dull

Our necks are stiff

Our two hands make us stumble

Towards the edge of a cliff

We have produced nothing

On which to stand

The world we’ve fabricated

Is nothing but sinking sand

Though we cannot see

Our own blindness

And we cannot taste

Our own gluttony

The delusion grows larger

Refusing to ever set us free

We are not righteous

We do not seek the One

We want what we want

To fill up and have fun

How dare we drag our neighbors

To be judged

Instead of inviting them into our lives

To be known and loved

On what words do we stand

Is it lies that we hallow

Unaware to the truth

We’ve made our own gallow

We do not imitate The Way

How dare we talk about God

When the juices of the forbidden fruit

Continually drip out our mouths

We want what we want

We don’t know what we need

But how could we know

When we justify greed

We are all partakers and participants

In our belief in autonomy

One by one we’ve destroyed God’s creation

With our blessed economy

It has costs us our lives

We have sacrificed all

Just to consume what we want

Like our parents in The Fall

We say “In God we trust”

Though our lives testify

We honor him with our lips

But our hearts are not his

Our idle words are tallying up

Our rapaciousness wants more

Scarcity moves us toward nothing

Fear fills the emptiness

Of our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits

If we loved God

Then we would love differently

If we loved ourselves

Then we would live differently

If we loved our neighbors

Then we would love God

We are in the eleventh hour

Don’t you know

Doom is on our heads

Because of the seeds we’ve sowed

How do we respond

To our murderous ways

What do we say

About hearts gone astray

According to scripture

Our only chance

Is to turn back to God

In repentance

This is the way

Out of the mire

It’s the opposite way

Toward holy fire

Forgive us Abba

For we know not we’ve done

Forgive us Abba

For our wickedness under the Sun

Forgive us Abba

For our greed and gluttony

Forgive us Abba

For our adultery and thievery

Forgive us Abba

For our consumption and waste

Forgive us Abba

For our sloth done in haste

Forgive us Abba

For the injustice we have done

Against your holy creatures

And your beautiful creation

Forgive us Abba

For our entitlement

For demanding more

Than we sacrifice or give

Forgive us Abba

For using your gifts

As a means to our ends

To feed our acquisitiveness

We have sinned against you

In word, thought and deed

By omission and commission

We have blasphemed

We have believed lies

And eaten the fruit

Now we are blind

Deaf and mute

Forgive us our sins

For they are great

But Abba, though our sins are many

They are nothing next to your infinite grace.

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