by Chaplain Jim Corbett, director of pastoral care, Walker Baptist Medical Center
As we enter into the 40-day period of Lent, tradition tells us to use this time as a period of prayer and spiritual self-examination, to prepare ourselves for the festival of Resurrection – Easter. The author of Psalms 25 offers his or her life to God in a beautiful statement of faith and trust:
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in You I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your Mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Psalms 25: 1-11 NRSV
It is clear in this Psalm that this person of faith is not looking for what they want. Prayer is a means to seek God’s way. As we walk our path up to Jerusalem, I hope we can take the time to turn to God in prayer and examine ourselves before God. Because God is loving and faithful, we can entrust our life and soul to Him. I offer a prayer from the Book of English Collects:
O God, whose blessed Son did suffer for all mankind: grant unto us that, rightly observing this holy season, we may learn to know thee better, to love thee more, and to serve thee with a more perfect will through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.