A Faithful God ii

3-4 Then, to show my sorrow, I went without eating and dressed in sackcloth and sat in ashes. I confessed my sins and earnestly prayed to the Lord my God:

Our Lord, you are a great and fearsome God, and you faithfully keep your agreement with those who love and obey you. But we have sinned terribly by rebelling against you and rejecting your laws and teachings. We have ignored the message your servants the prophets spoke to our kings, our leaders, our ancestors, and everyone else.

Everything you do is right, our Lord. But still we suffer public disgrace because we have been unfaithful and have sinned against you. This includes all of us, both far and near—the people of Judah, Jerusalem, and Israel, as well as those you dragged away to foreign lands, and even our kings, our officials, and our ancestors. Lord God, you are merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against you 10 and rejected your teachings that came to us from your servants the prophets.

In sackcloth and ashes
looking at my life,
seeing where I have given in to temptation,
wandered from your ways,
ignored what you have said to me.
Coming
to you
my God,
my Lord.

Yet,
I also hear your word
of forgiveness
and begin to understand
the depth of your faithfulness
to me,
to us all.

You are just
and fair,
but you are faithful to me;
you love
and go on loving.
I have done wrong,
but you do right by me,
your generosity
knows no bounds.

So,
as I confess,
you receive,
you accept,
you take me back,
together we start again.
You don’t ask who I am,
or turn from me,
but
true to your word,
more loyal than I deserve,
you stick with me.

May I live,
strengthened,
in
and through
your faithfulness.

Faithful God

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