Daily Lenten Devotion Tuesday, March 18

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – Psalm 25; ; Genesis 42:1-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 and Mark 3:19b-35

Psalm 25 – 1   To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
2   O my God, in you I trust; ….

4   Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
5   Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long. …

7   Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

I find it interesting this morning that the Psalmist says; “do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions” and then goes on to say, “according to your steadfast love remember me”. The phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” comes to mind. If God remembers us isn’t he going to remember the sins of our youth and all our transgressions?

“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing,” – Meister Eckhart

Eckhart von Hochheim O.P. (c. 1260 – c. 1327), commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire.

So what the Psalmist prays for is exactly what God offers us as we trust in him, knowing that his very nature is to forgive and forget. Trusting in God means that we have an “eraser” for mistakes–our own and those of others.

So we can ask God to forget all the errors of our ways and guide us to live better lives before Him and before others. Thanks be to God for the gift of forgiveness and forgetting. May we do the same for others.

Here is a link to other great quotes of Meiter Eckhart.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/73092.Meister_Eckhart

O God, help me be mindful of the errors of my ways, so that I can be guided to live as you call me to live. May I not hold on to past mistakes but be guided by you to new life. I praise you that Jesus died for all my sin and rose to give new life, may I trust in you who forgives and offers new life. Teach me to offer this very gift to myself and to others. Amen.

 

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