A Faithful God iii

16 Wash yourselves clean!
I am disgusted
    with your filthy deeds.
Stop doing wrong
17     and learn to live right.
See that justice is done.
Defend widows and orphans
    and help those in need.”

An Invitation from the Lord

18 I, the Lord, invite you
    to come and talk it over.
Your sins are scarlet red,
but they will be whiter
    than snow or wool.
19 If you willingly obey me,
the best crops in the land
    will be yours.
20 But if you turn against me,
your enemies will kill you.
    I, the Lord, have spoken.

An invitation?
For me?
You want me to come
and be with you?
To be in your presence?

But I’m still learning,
still washing,
well
scrubbing actually.
Some of the stains are deep,
ingrained,
well rubbed in.

But I long to come,
to answer your call,
to talk things over with you;
because you
and you alone understand.
You
and you alone
can help,
to remove these stains.

The strongest soap,
the toughest bleach
cannot reach the parts of me
that need to be cleansed;
yet you are the one
who can restore
the very fabric
of my heart
and soul
to what it should be,
what you created it
to be.

And so I respond
to your invitation.
Here I am.
show me
where the stains are,
what they are from
and remove them.
Strengthen me
to not
immediately replace them,
for I long
to live your ways.

Thank you
for being faithful to me,
may I be faithful to you.

Faithful One

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