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 my one and only consoling thought (being a meditation on Romans 7.21-34)…
O God, I take heart in this one and only consoling thought: Your Changeless Faithfulness.
For I am neither changeless nor faithful. Throughout my days, even with the best of my intentions, I fail to do the things I ought to do and do the things that I ought not to do. In both, falling prey to manifold temptations. Some new. Most old.
This latter, these olden compulsions, I know well. For over time and through my experience, well-rehearsed they have been and have become.
In (all!) this, I fall well (truly, unwell!) short of progress toward the good, Your Good.
In a word, O God, if I were to reckon myself changeless, then it is in the faithfulness of my unfaithfulness to You.
Thus, daily, I must sing:
Great is Thy faithfulness…
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
To which I alway then say: Amen!
Endnote: Great is Thy Faithfulness (1923), lyrics, Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960), music, William Marion Runyan (1870-1957) is based on the phrase in the Book of Lamentations 3.23.