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I can’t draw a lick and am even worse drawing on an Etch-A-Sketch. A box, rectangle or stickman figure is about as much as I can “sketch.” Pathetic. 

In contrast, some people make incredible complex and beautiful portraits on theirs.

I believe juggling, unicycling, Etch-a-sketching, playing with snakes and playing the pedal steel just aren’t in the cards for me. Didn’t get the gears for those endeavors.

The reason I like the Etch-A-Sketch has nothing to do with drawing. I love how when I make a mess, I can simply pick it up, shake it, and all the bad and ugly stuff disappears. All is new!! . . . it reminds me of when a fresh winter snowfall covers the ground and everything looks so beautifully new and clean, even messy things.

Christians in the US are not generally that very comfortable confessing their sins one to another. I get it. I am happy to say the General Confession of Sin in worship with my brothers and sisters but a lot less likely to share personal sins and struggles. 

Perhaps it is the British influence on our country. We can keep a stiff upper lip and shoulder the burden of our sin all by ourselves.

It can be a crushing burden. Maybe you are under a crushing burden of sin and shame right now? If so, you are not a freak, but a sinner who needs forgiveness and cleansing. As the old General Confession of Sin from our Prayer Book so accurately said of our sins, “The remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable . . . “

While we should use discretion and not share our most personal failings or shame with everyone, especially a gossip, to not share our sin with trusted Christian friends is a costly mistake.

Scripture says this:

James 5:15

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

You want healing from a besetting sin and shame, confess your sin to God and then to another trusted believer of the same sex. Let them pray for you. The Lord shows us this is the way to be healed of this intolerable burden.

 And a verse that has been life changing is 1 John 1:9:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgives us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

At some point, you may be in such despair over a sin that you will either remain in untold misery or you will finally make the choice to believe the truth of the verses above. These words are true whether we believe them or not. Even if our shame is screaming at us that we are worthless and cut off from God, the Gospel truth is that the Lord DELIGHTS in our confession and promises to cleanse and forgive us. Our forgiveness has been purchased by Jesus Christ. “IT IS FINISHED!” We could never do enough to earn our own forgiveness, yet he delights to GIVE us forgiveness. What an amazingly merciful Father we have!

+Quigg