The following thoughts are rough and vulnerable but just as I wrote them and from my heart:
The veil is torn
You made a way
My sin separates. I want to do some kind of penance. I know I can't so I want to "fully examine myself" before communion as if the weight of sincerity in my heart should be equal to the weight of the guilt I feel. And then I will be clean.
But if I confess, my sin is wiped clean in God's sight.
And if my sin has a relational or causal consequence here on earth, then no amount of soul searching or confession will remove that which is forth-coming. Neither will a more passionate confession make me any "cleaner" in God's sight.
So God I take this bread and fruit of the vine and say thank you for forgiveness. And sorry that I mess up and sin. I know my sin and you know my sin. I stand uncondemned now in your sight. By your Spirit help me to go out and live and sin no more.
It’s 158 days until our wedding and only 8 days until Marie comes to Australia! She managed to bring her ticket forward and needless to say I am over the moon about that.
God has blessed us in many little ways. Providing in amazing ways for venues well under budget for the wedding. Providing Marie with accommodation and a car as well as a few things towards our future place are also amazing blessings for us. But these are trivial compared to God leading and guiding us towards a strong marriage. I am so thankful to the wonderful people around us who have been prodding us towards good and Godly decisions and given sound advice for the days long beyond the celebration of a wedding.
ON THE HOME FRONT
School went back today for the students and I have 21 students in my grade 2 class. Today we all met Jeff and I think he may outrank me in the popularity stakes. I hope I out-teach him in the meaningful input sphere.
· Praise God for forgiveness through Jesus
· Thank God for the blessings He has given to us
· Pray for continued preparation for a wedding and a marriage
· Pray for my grade 2 students
· Pray for Marie as she travels next week
Joe Caran for being my go to mechanic and all round good guy!
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