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slinscott

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Subject:Holy Week Meditations

Monday:
Praying the Penitential Psalms has been helpful for me this Lent and I began with Psalm 6, the first of the penitential psalms. After reading, reflecting and praying, I rewrote the psalm in my own words.

Psalm 6
Lord, do not lash out at me in your anger;
       Do not discipline me with your righteous zeal.

Have mercy on my weakness;
       Heal me of the terror that paralyzes me.

My spirit trembles in dread before you;
       How long, O Lord, how long?

Turn to me and redeem me;
       Save me because of your love and mercy.

You are the God of the living;
       Do not silence my praise with the grave.

I am done with crying;
       For my body is spent from weeping.

I can no longer see joy;
       For my enemies cloud my vision.

Hear and flee my enemies;
       For the Lord is listening.

The Lord knows my heart;
       He accepts my cry for mercy.

Let evil hide its face;
       For my enemies shall flee in the presence of God


Posted: 07 Apr 2009 02:43 PM
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slinscott

slinscott

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Subject:Holy Week Meditations - Tuesday

The psalm for today is Psalm 32.

Reflection: Psalm 32 is psalm of thanksgiving for healing and also a declaration of the grace of repentence. We are blessed if we acknowledge our weakness and need for God. We will become one of the blessed by God's forgiveness and we will see the fruit of his mercy.

Wisdom is not facts or intellectual knowledge, but an understanding of humanity, creation and our relationship with the divine. Wisdom comes from observing, listening and experiencing the world as it is.

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk."  Author Unknown


Posted: 07 Apr 2009 02:46 PM
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slinscott

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Subject:Holy Week Meditations - Wednesday

Psalm 38 and Sin

Awareness of sin creates guilt and the longer it is held onto, the stronger it gets. If ignored, the guilt travels from the head to the heart and becomes anger. The anger can be redirected to others, but most often it is turned inward, as anger towards ourselves and God. Anger at God can then produce more guilt and the cycle continues. Eventually the inward anger becomes depression and invades the physical body with symptoms such as lethargy, fatique, the inability to concentrate, etc.

I see myself at the bottom of a very deep and dark well. I am ankle deep in mud and icy cold water. The sides of the well are smooth and slick with moisture. The top of the well is so far up that it is only a faint circle of light in the darkness. I know that I need to try and climb out, but I cannot make the effort, because I believe it to be hopeless.


Posted: 08 Apr 2009 12:16 PM
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slinscott

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Subject:Holy Week Meditations - Thursday

Psalm 102 - Transient troubles and eternal grace

Israel was no stranger to the "passing away" of the things of this earth. Judges, kings, kingdoms, even the promised land came and went with alarming frequency. The psalm reminds us that the things of this world, good and bad, do not last. However, there is one thing that remains and that is God. The assurance that God's character - steadfast love and abounding mercy - will never change is a source of great comfort and strength, especially in the dark times. For the people of ancient times, the promise that God's grace extends down to generations to come would be a source of hope.

In modern times, we are a people of the here and now. We barely think of future generations, asking for fulfillment of the promises, TODAY (as Mattress Mack would say). We can find comfort in the eternal grace of God, if we can place ourselves in the cosmos, not just in this moment and give up our need for and illusion of control.


Posted: 09 Apr 2009 11:22 AM
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