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Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/u/4307025/2013%20Lenten%20Readings/2013%20Audio/Birmingham%2C%20Shovels%20and%20Rope%20%282012%29.mp3 ] sound :: Birmingham, Shovels and Rope (2012)
image :: Feminine Wave, Katsushika Hokusai (Japan, 19th century)
with all the creatures they contain,
to show to all mankind that nothing subsists save Thee…
O God, Who wilt destroy all these vain idols and all these fatal objects of our passions!
I praise Thee, my God, and I will bless Thee all the days of my life.
Blaise Pascal, 17th century