what a fool I’ve been

image by Jan Matejko [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lord, you call us to confess our sins,
   but I don’t often tell you what a fool I’ve been.
It would be a relief to tell someone.
So many things I could have done for you,
   but I failed, by making senseless decisions.
I tried to speak your word, but it was misunderstood,
   because I expressed it foolishly.
I have harmed other people, when I was too stupid
   to foresee the effects of what I had done;
and broken fellowship with them,
   through not knowing how silly my speech would sound.
Lord, how can you love such a fool?
And yet, foolish as it may seem,
   I really believe you do love me.
Do you? You do! Thank God. Amen.

Michael Counsell, 1935-2015, retired Anglican priest and …


Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
    but fools are consumed by their own lips.
At the beginning their words are folly;
    at the end they are wicked madness—
       and fools multiply words.

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