We come fully prepared, or so we think
Privately prepared for this public outing
Fasting on our mind, alms prepared, personal piety on lockdown
Oil is on our heads, our faces are washed. We are ready.
And then you meet us here, Lord
All of the preparations in the world can’t
Measure up to that face to face moment.
You see us. You see the real us, the real me.
The me you’ve loved from first splash to now.
You see what we’re trying to hide with all of these
You see our secrets
You see our shame
We knew we couldn’t hide. But we tried.
You find us. You seek us out
Have mercy on us
We tremble in fear and are knocked to our knees
Humbled, but not humiliated
Thankful. Prayerful. Remorseful.
We thought we were prepared.
But in prayer, you find us.
In the meal, you find us.
In the darkness, you find us.
You always find us, Lord.
Sin is a disruption to our daily lives.
We can’t escape it by ourselves.
You are the only thing to set us free with your cross shaped key
We have failed in the ways you have called us.
We were silent in the face of injustice.
We were complacent in times of persecution
We were frozen when the moment needed movement.
We weren’t who you created us to be.
We desire to do good and fail.
We desire to love and instead judge.
We desire to serve and instead become self serving.
Forgive us. We beg of you, forgive us Lord.
We follow you from death to life
And our life now has meaning.
The only bags we need are the ones you fill with mercy
The next 40 days we will hear of your travels,
Of your healing
Of your teaching, preaching, and learning.
And we will hear of your entry into Jerusalem
Shouts of “Hosanna in the highest!”
Will quickly escalate into
Our voices carry, but we’ll deny like Peter
We’ll say it wasn’t us but then the cock will crow
You meet us here.
In all of our brokenness
In all of our lost promises
In all of our failed attempts at love.
You meet us here.
And somehow. Some way
We are reminded
That we are yours.
That we’ve always been yours
That we will always be yours
You rescue us from ourselves
You save us from our sin
You remind us that we belong to you
You have marked us with the cross
And sealed us with the Holy Spirit
We are dust
And to dust we shall return