PostSecret: A Prayer of Confession

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Today is the day before the Lent season begins. Pancake Day, as it is known to many. But what is up with this idea of eating pancakes on this particular Tuesday? Pancakes are traditionally made on this day because many Christians believed in giving up things like eggs, butter and fat (the main ingredients of the beloved pancake). But there is more to this day then just eating pancakes...

It is also know as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove comes from the ancient word "shrive" which means "to confess".

Today our community is gathering to celebrating the eating of pancakes, as well as introduce the idea of confession.

Below is an interactive prayer activity on confession. It links together the growing obsession with PostSecret (an art initiative that involves people anonymously mailing in homemade postcard with a secret written on it) and the value of confession (telling God the wrong things we've done).

This prayer activity can help people understand the concept of confession from the understanding of "keeping secrets"...

Materials Needed:
Paper/Printer: to print pictures of PostSecret postcards
some container or box for confessions to be posted in (I painted a red box and set it on a low table)

(I also just printed out the blow fact/statements and hung them on strings around the "postbox" in our communities prayer room, so people could read for themselves how to walk through what confession is and how to engage... but really it could be set up whatever way suit your group)

Post Secret

What it is?
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail
in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.
PostSecret, 13345 Copper Ridge Road, Germantown, MD 20874, USA

See for Yourself

What people are saying about it…

…is one step towards affirming that it's a positive and healing thing to get one's hidden issues "out there" and hopefully, examined. P. Miller (DC)

I am a huge fan of the website…Every single postsecret is riveting. A.K. Johnson (Texas)

manages to evoke the feeling of not being alone - it's stunning to see people's secrets that they have finally decided to entrust to the entire World. Bruce Wilson (Australia)

Not to be sappy, but in each card a stranger reveals something so pure and unique, you can almost envision their daily lives. And wonder about how to express your own secrets. Travis Pelts (DC)

The secrets are daring, soulful, and riveting. Some we have seen before on the PostSecret website, but that doesn't make them any less amazing. There's something that changes you by the honesty of the cards. I highly recommend this… MeepMeep (California)

Review found on

What its letting people do? Why do people love it?

     It give people an OUTLET FOR CONFESSION

Confession ISN’T primarily about you being DIRTY OR HORRIBLE OR AN OUTCAST

Confession IS about getting HONEST,
                  AND BEING FORGIVEN!

The people we can be honest, loved by and secretive with are the people we count as are most VALUED RELATIONSHIPS…

In the same way God wants us to realize WE CAN TRUST HIM with the good AND THE BAD parts of who we are.

With God confession DOESN’T start by pointing fingers…

CONFESSION starts with God saying, “I Love You, come… tell me what’s wrong…”

But equally it takes us having the guts to take those steps toward God to honestly tell him the good and bad in our lives.

And it ends with God STILL SAYING, “I LOVE YOU” and he promises to forgive the things we’ve done wrong and make our lives free.

SHROVE TUESDAY is a day to confess any wrong in our lives… This is not to separate us more from God, but to give God and us the space to be honest, build better relationships with each other and be forgiven.


Grab a postcard and think about your life.

Consider if there are any wrong, hurtful and/or negative things you are doing in your life.

Write the things you are sorry for doing down on your postcard

Take your postcard and “post” it into the “PostConfession Box”.

As you post your confession tell God you are sorry for what is written on the card and ask him to help you be free from them.


Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.
James 5:16

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Excellent! This is a REALLY good idea. :] xx

February 21, 2012 at 11:34 PM

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