The Daily Office | March 13, 2018
Exodus 28:1-4, 29-43
Psalms 69, 70
Exodus 29:38-30:16 (17-38)
1 Timothy 1:18-2 end
Collect: Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Do you ever feel like it's all you can do to keep your head above water? Does it ever feel like everything is falling apart and that nothing quite fits into the place that you'd hoped? Maybe you feel betrayed by someone close to you or that there is no one in which to turn?
Psalm 69 gives voice to those feelings and shows that even when we feel betrayed, abandoned, and alone, that we can cry out to God. Even more, we can entrust those who have harmed us to him. We can know that he will work justice in his own time.
And even more, because of Jesus Christ, we know that we have a high priest who has come down in the miry pit to rescue us from our own worst enemy--ourselves and our sin. Because of this, we can pray for our enemies and we can also rejoice and praise God--even, and maybe especially, in the depths.