Prayer before Confession after a Long Absence

I confess, Lord, it’s been awhile,
and I feel ashamed.
My guilt just seemed to get in the way,
and now I’ve put this off for too long.
Why do I let myself stay so far from you
when I know in my heart
that you have never left?
I am afraid, Lord, that if I reveal myself to you,
show you who I’ve become,
you will not recognize me as your own.
So I beg, look upon me
as you would look upon your Son, Jesus,
that you might see and love in me
what you see and love in Christ.
Then when I rise up and go to you,
I shall be overwhelmed with love
when I see you running to me
with your arms wide open. Amen.
— Diana Macalintal

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