Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sensory Overload: A Prayer of Confession

We confess, Lord,

That it takes very little to distract us from You.

There are screens all around us obscuring our view of You: Fifty-two inch plasma TVs and tiny little cell phone displays, eye-catching LCD billboards and DVD players mounted in our vehicles.

Forgive us when we fail to focus on You.

There are voices everywhere competing with our desire to hear You: news analysts spinning opinions and radio hosts inciting controversy, self-help gurus practicing pop psychology and advertisers offering enticements.

Forgive us when we fail to listen to You.

There are never-ending activities hindering us from revering You: Sabbath- day sporting events and lawns that need mowing, overstuffed schedules and a thousand errands to run.

Forgive us when we fail to pursue You.

When we are so preoccupied that we miss out on Your wonder,

We are foolish.

When we become so sidetracked that we miss out on your wisdom,

We are ignorant.

When we become so diverted that we miss out on your love,

We are lost.

Save us from ourselves.

Please hear our prayers and help us find our way back to You. Amen.

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