Praying the Lectionary {6 October} Praise and Transformation

A prayer, adapted from here:

 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22 NRSV)

 

“You are not the accuser, but the liberator,

not the destroyer, but the rescuer,

not the executioner, but the saviour,

not the scatterer, but the gatherer,

not the traitor, but the deliverer.

You do not pull down, but lift up.

You do not knock down, but stand upright.

You do not curse, but bless.

You do not take revenge, but give grace.

You do not torment, but comfort.

You do not erase, but write.

You do not shake, but steady.

You do not trample, but console.

You do not invent the causes of death,

but seek the means to preserve life.

You do not forget to help.

You do not abandon the good.

You do not withhold compassion.

You do not bring the sentence of death,

but the legacy of life.

For these, we send not complaints,

but gratitude that cannot be silenced.

Take away my sins, Almighty.

Remove the curse from me, blessed.

Pardon my debts, merciful.

Erase my transgressions, compassionate.

Extend your hand of deliverance

and I will instantly be made perfect.

What is easier than this for you Lord,

and what is more important to you?

Thus, providential Lord, revive me,

made in your image and brought to life by your breath…”

 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

(Lamentations 3:22-26  New Revised Standard Version)

 Amen.

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