Lent Daybook, 1: Return

 

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you?

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     The Return of the Prodigal Son  by Pompeo Batoni ( h/t )

 

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Pompeo Batoni (h/t)


music for today: "Fix Me, Jesus", The American Spiritual Ensemble  (lyrics)

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‘Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’

Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him...”

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”Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”

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”Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

’In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation”

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”But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
— Joel 2:12-14a * Psalm 51:1-6 * 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:3 * Matthew 6:6 (ESV)

* Monday - Thursday Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 2). On Fridays I'll post the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday which are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B).


prayer for today:

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer

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Spiritual practice for today:

Attend an Ash Wednesday service.  If you live in the Fairfield County area of Connecticut, you are most welcome to join us at Church of the Apostles. (7 PM at Roger Ludlowe Middle School Auditorium, Fairfield)

You can read the scripture and prayers for the Ash Wednesday service in the Book of Common Prayer here


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2017 here)