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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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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

Prayer in Temptation iii

The Lord’s Invitation

55 If you are thirsty,
    come and drink water!
If you don’t have any money,
    come, eat what you want!
Drink wine and milk
    without paying a cent.
Why waste your money
    on what really isn’t food?
Why work hard for something
    that doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me,
and you will enjoy
    the very best foods.

Pay close attention!
    Come to me and live.
I will promise you
the eternal love and loyalty
    that I promised David.
I made him the leader and ruler
of the nations;
    he was my witness to them.
You will call out to nations
    you have never known.
And they have never known you,
but they will come running
    because I am the Lord,
the holy God of Israel,
    and I have honored you.

God’s Words Are Powerful

Turn to the Lord!
He can still be found.
    Call out to God! He is near.
Give up your crooked ways
    and your evil thoughts.
Return to the Lord our God.
He will be merciful
    and forgive your sins.

The Lord says:
“My thoughts and my ways
    are not like yours.
Just as the heavens
    are higher than the earth,
my thoughts and my ways
    are higher than yours.

10 “Rain and snow fall from the sky.
But they don’t return
    without watering the earth
that produces seeds to plant
    and grain to eat.
11 That’s how it is with my words.
    They don’t return to me
without doing everything
    I send them to do.”

God’s People Will Celebrate

12 When you are set free,
you will celebrate
    and travel home in peace.
Mountains and hills will sing
as you pass by,
    and trees will clap.
13 Cypress and myrtle trees
will grow in fields
    once covered by thorns.
And then those trees will stand
as a lasting witness
    to the glory of the Lord.

I wander,
lost,
hungry,
thirsty,
with nothing.

I have left behind
the things I relied on,
things
that I thought
kept me secure.

For so long
I chased after the wrong things,
things that hindered
rather than being the help
I longed for,
when all along
you had
what I needed.

If I’m looking for life
I should seek it in you.

And so I cry out to you
from my pain,
my anguish,
the temptation to do otherwise,
from deep within the wilderness,
I call

and you wait,
ready,
longing to forgive,
refresh,
restore.

I would run if I could,
but I turn,
exhausted,
hurting,
thirsty,
in need of strength,
to you.

In place of prickly,
sharp,
thorny plants
you will place
beauty,
scented,
life-enhancing growth;
in you
sadness and struggle
will turn
to joy,
peace
and hope.

Strength
to endure the journey;
strength
to travel in peace
home to you.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness