Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On the incomprehensibility of the Divine (being a meditation on Isaiah 55.8-9)…
O God, I do not understand You.
The grace of Your Love grants unto me a salvation that I do not, cannot merit. The mercy of Your Love withholds from me the righteous judgment that I, in my sin, deserve.
Your grace and mercy are beyond my comprehension. You are beyond my comprehension.
As Your prophet Isaiah declares, Your ways are higher than my ways and Your thoughts than my thoughts…
Thus, my greatest imagining, my grandest thought of You, like a sightless, errant arrow falls far short, ne’er a threat to draw near to Your goodness and glory.
Nevertheless, though beyond the sight and reach of my reason, You, in Your love, e’er stand within the light and grasp of my faith; a faith, which, by Your Spirit, You grant me to trust in You.
In that faith, in that trust, I give You thanks, always and in all ways.
2 thoughts on “A-Lenten-Prayer-a-Day, Day 1, Ash Wednesday”
I’m headed to NY and missing church today so thank you for this prayer Paul!! Today at the airport I was reminded that part of my faith requires that I trust God in all things!! That trust, faith and love keeps me focused on my calling. Amen!
Travelin’ mercies, dear Loretta. And amen, indeed, for faith in God calling for our trust in all things, which, in turn, sharpens our focus on God’s calling(s) to us!