James 5:16: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

There is only one way in and out of a cave; and I believe this describes a human situation: Caved in, we all can get stuck.

Caving in by definition is a dead end, and so is sin. The only way out of sin is confession, which is why addiction recovery programs are based on it. “I am an alcoholic” is spoken out loud in therapy sessions. Confessing is the first step out of the cave.

Sin always leaves destruction in its wake. The drama of confession is realizing the damage sin has done. It can be quite overwhelming, which is why confession alone does not fix a deep-seated problem. There needs to be a support system. Every addiction recovery program has one. We need to confess to the people who support us.

God promises us healing when we confess our sins and pray for one another. We are mostly unaware of the potency of prayer, but a person out of the cave and out in the open has God’s ear. That is why confessing is such a blessing. A person who has come clean is the greatest relief effort a hurting world can have, because that person is no longer dragged down by unresolved issues and is able to care.

King David once said (Psalm 63:7):

“Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

God is our helper and under His wings we grow wings. Singing expresses that. We all have a song – the song is our life story. And God can turn a sad song into a beautiful anthem. Eventually, all life stories that God has turned around will swell into a mighty symphony of praise. I can see it with my mind’s eye. All creation will break out in jubilation because the Lord has done the impossible: He has healed the world.

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