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Matins

by davesandel on April 25th, 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021                   (today’s lectionary)

Matins

Beloved, we are God’s children now.

In the dead of night I give myself over, Lord

And you take me

There is no fear in love

My heart beats out of my chest sometimes, I get so excited

Would that might send me straight to heaven

But no

I love this world

The people in it

The ones who drive me crazy sometimes, until I remember Matthew 7

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and been my savior, and your kindness endures forever.

My judgments against others stand out stark and black against the sky

As the sun rises red with fire

I have no business looking at other peoples’ sin

No business

No business

There is plenty to see in my own eye, that ugly old moldy log

Waits for me to notice it again

It isn’t going anywhere

Actually, it’s growing

Beloved, see what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.

In the copper cauldron of midday,

Lord, renew my tender conscience

When my face is hot and red with shame

I can turn toward you then

You touch my hot skin with your cool, wet cloth

You whisper in my ear the forgiveness I forgot to seek

And tell me, in no uncertain terms:

Turn your eyes away from how others hurt you

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

So much better to take refuge in the Lord that to trust in princes. There is no salvation through anyone else, and no other name under heaven by which we can be saved.

Afternoon storms at last are still

Green trees whisper in the breeze

The stream falls over the rocks

Now I can sit, just wait for the sun to set

Red sky once more, reminder

The blood of Christ, shed for me

There is no poetry like the poetry of worship

A few quiet weeping words of confession

At the end of every day …

(Acts 4, Psalm 118, 1 John 3, John 10)

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