Weekly Prayer - Authenticity

Dear Jesus, I try to come to You as I am,
though I know that I do try to give a good appearance,
to show off my best self.
Yet, You accept me with all the pretense,
with all my faults and failings.
Your mercy and understanding
brings healing to my heart.
You call me to simplicity, to be like Nathaniel,
a person without guile.
I come to realize that all that I am
and all that I have is Your gift.
That to be my true self, I need to
give myself away as You did.
Your love calls me to love in turn.

Amen.

— By a Columban Missionary