Tuesday, February 28 ::: Compassion for the Wicked

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“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but  it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:6-11

audio : “Servant”, Graham Fitkkin

image : Super Pueblo, Fitz Scholder (American, 1968)

You were sinning, O man, in darkness and in the shadow of death through ignorance of truth.  You were sitting bound by the chains of sin. 

He came down to your prison not to torture you, but to rescue you from the power of darkness.

And first the Teacher of truth dispelled the darkness of ignorance by the light of His wisdom.

Then by the righteousness of faith, he loosed the bonds of sin, freely justifying the sinner.

Bernard of Clairvaux, 11th century

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