“…whose glory it is always to have mercy…”
Collect for the Second Week of Lent:
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I need this prayer. A lot. You do too. The description of your life and mine couldn’t ring more true: “all who have gone astray from your ways”. During Lent, I’m becoming more and more aware of my own sinfulness, feeling the sharp edges of my brokeness bringing an acute pain to my soul. I go astray from Christ’s ways – all the time. Before breakfast, chances are my thoughts, words, and actions have drifted somewhere they shouldn’t have gone.
But the joy of Lent is that I’m also becoming more and more aware of God’s unending, unfailing grace. Where my sin abounds, His grace abounds even more. When I wander, he pursues and brings me back – assuring me that the only kind of sin I commit is a sin that has already been forgiven because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. He leads me back to the sure path of his unchangeable truth – the truth ultimately found in his Son, THE Truth, Jesus Christ.
I love the first line: our God is a God whose glory is displayed, brilliantly and eternally, in the fact that he is a God of unending mercy.