When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the Lord.”
1 Samuel 7:6 (NIV)
Over the past few weeks I have witnessed and been part of multiple moments of corporate confession in gatherings of fellow Jesus followers. Individual confession is, no doubt, good for the soul and necessary for on-going spiritual health. Nevertheless, I find it an amazing experience when a group of people publicly acknowledge that we’ve all blown it, we regret our failures, and we need both forgiveness and the opportunity of a fresh start. In a culture that seems ever to reward arrogance and bravado, there is something quietly powerful in a group of people together finding strength in humility and reverence.