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John 3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.
My verbal omissions went largely unnoticed for years. It wasn’t until I developed a habit of attending Morning Prayer at a new church that I was called out. I was the only regular attendee. At first the priest thought I was lost in the liturgy. Several months and theological debates later, we still stood together, praying in ways that felt honest to each of us.
I’ve heard the use of “we” in the Nicene Creed is intentional. Individual beliefs ebb and flow with experience. “We” takes the burden of belief off the individual and allows it to be carried by the community. Many hands make light work.
I am thankful my faith community allows me to speak my truth—even when it sounds like silence.
MOVING FORWARD: Are there parts of the liturgy that are hard for you to say? How can you share that difficulty with Jesus?