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A Prayer to Open Lent

This is one of my all-time favorite poems and prayers, from a man well-acquainted with God, and with sin.  Regarding sin, who cannot agree with his refrain, “I have more”.

Yet it ends in hope and freedom from fear, which is precisely the destination of journey of Lent that we begin today.  May we all ‘make a good Lent’!

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A Hymn to God the Father

BY JOHN DONNE

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
         Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,
         And do run still, though still I do deplore?
                When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
                        For I have more.
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won
         Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun
         A year or two, but wallow’d in, a score?
                When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
                        For I have more.
I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
         My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son
         Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
                And, having done that, thou hast done;
                        I fear no more.
God-Sightings
“I felt like the room was anointed with his presence the whole time I was there.  I feel richly blessed to have had the opportunity to drink deeply from his presence and to have the truths of God renewed in my heart.”

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