To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the writer begs for mercy. What is mercy? How would you define mercy? How have you experienced God’s mercy? One of my favorite theologians, Frederick Buechner states: “Justice is the grammar of things. Mercy is the poetry of things.” Think about this quote in relation to your relationship with God.
O Holy God of Israel,
you faithfully keep the promises
you made to our ancestors
and lead your people into the future,
providing hospitality on the way.
Help us who inherit the pilgrim life
to journey faithfully at your command,
that we may be a band of disciples
called to be sojourners in your service. Amen.
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