Shall I pray to you...
asking forgiveness for the same sins
as the day before and the day before
and the day before that?
Shall I recite to you...
my hackneyed response, redundant,
that tastes stale in my mouth as I
struggle with feeling false?
Shall I sing to you...
praising you with the best voice I have
and a heart that struggles so
to focus and worship?
Shall I run to you...
time and again with my filthy rags
and with that crestfallen face and rebellious heart
realizing failure again?
Wil you forgive me...
and discipline me in your loving and painful ways
and renew the joy of your salvation to
teach me a new song of your praise?