Sunday Sabbath: Balm

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I am certain I don’t have to inform anyone of the terrible events at the Capitol on Wednesday. I also don’t think I need to add my voice to the cacophony of voices, at least not here. I’ve been vocal on my Facebook page. To put it mildly, I was shocked and appalled. But that’s not what this post is about.

While the events of that day were taking place, this was also taking place at the National Cathedral. I didn’t see this video until the following morning. Their words, from religious leaders, were exactly what I needed to hear. It was such a balm to my aching spirit that I thought I’d share it here. I hope it’s a balm to yours as well.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Sunday Sabath: First Sunday of Lent

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“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,

    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

    or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

    so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


As a father has compassion on his children,

    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

    he remembers that we are dust.

The life of mortals is like grass,

    they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,

    and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting

    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—

with those who keep his covenant

    and remember to obey his precepts.”

     Psalm 103: 8-18 (NIV)