April 17, 2014
It's Holy Week. Do you know what that means?  You've made it through almost 40 days of sacrifice and penitence!  Whew.  Easter is right around the corner!  But before we bust out the red wine and mini eggs, we must once again experience the passion and death of Christ, beginning with Holy Thursday.  So much could be said about the next few days, but they are primarily a time for harmonious silence and introspection.  A time for each of us to reflect deeply on the great significance of the actions of a carpenter's son from Nazareth 2000 years ago.

So I will leave you with this rendition of Psalm 51.
It's hauntingly beautiful.  




1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    
according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion
    
blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity
    
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
    
and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    
and done what is evil in your sight;

so you are right in your verdict
    
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
    
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
    
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
    
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    
so that sinners will turn back to you.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    
you who are God my Savior,
    
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 Open my lips, Lord,
    
and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    
in burnt offerings offered whole;
    
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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