Friday, March 29, 2013

A Prayer for Good Friday

Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on me, a sinner.

My ego is like a fortress.
I have built its walls stone by stone to hold out the invasion of the love of God.
But I have stayed here long enough. There is light over the barriers.
O my God, the darkness of my house forgive and overtake my soul.
I relax the barriers.
I abandon all that I think I am; all that I hope to be; all that I possess.
I let go of the past.
I withdraw my grasping hand from the future.
And in the great silence of this moment, I alertly rest my soul.

- Howard Thurman


  1. Amen....just amen and amen.
    Happy Easter to you and yours.

  2. Yup. That fortress. I built it with my own hands. Keep learning to trust and accept grace. One day at a time. Thank you for this.

  3. Amen. Perfect. Blessings to you n your family this Easter!

  4. that howard thurman is something else, what with his ability to peer into the future and my wretched innards. and 'alertly rest'--perfect.

  5. we build that fortress with our own protect ourselves.
    but he in his gentle, loving, persistent way, knocks and knocks and knocks until we soften those walls around our hearts and give way to his overwhelming love....

  6. O my God, the darkness of my Portland Florists house forgive and overtake my soul.