Psalm 51:1-10 (NRSV)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;  according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight,  so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. 5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. 6 You desire truth in the inward being;  therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right  spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 (NRSV)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;  according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight,  so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. 5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. 6 You desire truth in the inward being;  therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right  spirit within me.

DEVOTION – Daniela Rotaru (Comunidad Valenciana, Spain)

Our lives are full of changes – some good and some not so good.  Most of us dislike change; we often go kicking and screaming into a new way of thinking or a new way of doing things.  Nevertheless, we know that we will experience change from time to time.

Sometimes we even embrace change, especially when it improves our physical or emotional comfort.  We often make changes to improve our image, the way we look, with new clothes or new hairstyles. But while such changes may affect the way others see us, they are only one aspect of our being – the exterior.

Sometimes it is more difficult to embrace inner changes.  Changing our inner selves begins with prayer.  Have we asked God to help us to be free from hatred, resentment, a lack of forgiveness?  Have we asked to be free from fear or pride that can easily harm us and others?

Maybe Psalm 51, David’s prayer, is a good place for us to start: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Meaningful change begins with prayer.

PRAYER: Dear God of grace, thank you for the many blessings that have enriched our lives.  Place a right and noble spirit within us.  Help us remain close to you in the face of all the changes in our lives.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: SOMEONE I NEED TO FORGIVE

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