From this morning’s prayers (The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle)
This Is My Prayer To You
But as for me, this is my prayer to you, at the time you have set, O LORD:
“In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.
Save me from the mire; do not let me sink, let me be rescued from those who
hate men and out of the deep waters.
Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up,
do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; in your great compassion turn to me.”
Yesterday Rich taught from the gospel of Luke – The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. I had been meditating on it as well through the week. I am mostly Pharisee but I am also a Tax Collector that knows I need to lay my burdens down and continually pray, Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.
We don’t like to talk about sin in our culture much anymore. Maybe the concept has been distorted and used to damage people rather than bring the life of acknowledging the truth and naming it. Naming it to a God that embraces and loves me no matter what. Extravagant love of the Tax Collector is just too much for me to accept. It’s not right, it’s not fair, it’s unreal. Not only embracing and loving the Tax Collector once, but over and over again, all the Tax Collector does is name it, then comes life, then comes the unconditional love of God that washes my burdens away…the love that is always there, always extended…I don’t have a conscious sense of it until I stop, I name it, and I pray…
“Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind, in your great compassion turn to me.”
Then my heart is postured to receive, (as much as I am able) the depth of love and forgiveness the LORD has for me…
Lord have mercy on me a sinner…