Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Lent Daybook, 21: man as a shadow

My Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you? (see previous Lent daybook 2016 posts here)
 A photograph of a soldier’s shadow left as a trace on a wooden wall in Nagasaki after the atomic bomb hit. Tate Modern exhibit: Conflict, Time, Photography (2014)  source

I said, “I will guard my ways,
    that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
    so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
 I was mute and silent;
    I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
     My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:
 “O Lordmake me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am!
 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
    and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
     Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; 
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

all readings for the day: Psalm 39; Ezekiel 17:1-10; Romans 2:12-16

Pray this Confession of Sin, and accept the loving forgiveness God provides us through Christ and by His Spirit.
Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wanderings, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our refusal to relieve the suffering of others, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, our neglect of your wise and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may desire what is good, love what you love and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (source)




( I invite you to listen with me to my ever-evolving Lent playlist & Lent Spirituals playlist )



Using the guide below, take time today to examine your heart and look for meaningful ways to put your faith into practice. 
#1 Prayer of Self Examination

Search me, O God, and know my heart!Try me and know my thoughts!And see if there be any grievous way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24)
Take a moment to quiet your heart and reflect upon the past week. Look especially for ways to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God for his goodness and love, as well as genuine sorrow over your own sin and brokenness. Close this time of prayer by expressing your hope in the power of the Holy Spirit who is faithful to forgive, cleanse, and transform you into his likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). source


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2015 

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