The words, ‘steadfast love’ and ‘abundant mercy’ give us a glimpse into the depth of compassion and healing grace of God’s nature. What words do we offer to those who are hopeless and desperate? Do we offer confirmation of their worthlessness dwelling on the consequences of their sin?
God of compassionate love, we do ultimately come to you just as we are, bearing transgression and sin. We return, however, not as we were, but as recreated and liberated people called to sing aloud and declare God’s deliverance and unfailing love. Amen.
~ Stan Dueck, Director, Transforming Practices
Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren is offering these simple prayers and questions in connection to this year’s Lent Devotional written by Craig H. Smith, district executive for the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren and ordained minister. (Available from Brethren Press in print and E-Book formats). Join us as we look and listen for the coming of the Word through the reading of scripture, Craig’s reflections, times of prayer, and conversations on this blog.