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Lord Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy

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Lord Have Mercy

a prayer for Lent and for always

Terence Alfred Aditon

 

 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord. Psalm 27:7 (KJV)

 

Please God, have mercy on me

when I cannot sleep

for remembrance of my sins,

 

Lonely for those I wronged

or scorned or

left unanswered

or abandoned by my  silences

and my absence.

 

Have mercy, Lord.

Do I dare even ask it?

You asked for mercy, in Gethsemane,

but God did not give it.

Instead, the brutal anguish.

But then, the Resurrection.

 

If we are born again,

does it mean we start anew?

We are born to new life, they say –

But newness is so varied –

what is new? How is it so?

Our actions? Words? Demeanor?

 

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To be born again, I need to find

The soul depths of repentance. My sins

cannot be bundled up and tossed away.

 

Maybe some can do that, just forget.

I cannot.

I must remember and re-live

the wrongs that I have done

so their enormity

overwhelms with grief.

 

Do not read this  — put the page away

If now your heavy heart can take no more.

 

It will come back another day.

 

The process of repentance draws us back

against our will,

wanting cheer, not sadness –

But like the cartoon spectre,

it waits and knows

surrender to memory will come.

 

And we take up the path again.

It is the road, finally, to salvation, because

at the end, in asking forgiveness,

in contrition and awe,

We have come to where we must,

to the foot of the Cross,

 

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There to pray, and be

finally

set free.

 

 

      Poet and writer Terence Alfred Aditon is a frequent contributor to the Magazine.

 

 

 

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