O Lord, in Your anger punish me not;
in Your wrath chastise me not.
For Your arrows have sunk deep in me;
Your hand has come down upon me.
There is no health in my flesh because of Your indignation;
there is no wholeness in my bones because of my sin.
For my iniquities have overwhelmed me;
they are like a heavy burden,
beyond my strength.
Noisome and festering are my sores,
because of my folly.
I am stooped and bowed down profoundly;
all the day I go in mourning.
For my loins are filled with burning pains;
there is no health in my flesh.
I am numbed and severely crushed;
I roar with anguish of heart.
O Lord, all my desire is before You;
from You my groaning is not hid.
My heart throbs,
my strength forsakes me;
the very light of my eyes has failed me.
For I am very near to falling;
and my grief is with me always.
Indeed, I acknowledge my guilt;
I grieve over my sins.
Forsake me not, O Lord,
my God be not far from me!
Make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation.
Let me know, O Lord,
my end and what is the number of my days,
that I may learn how frail I am.
A short span You have made my days,
and my life is as nought before You;
only a breath is any human existence.
Hear my prayer, O Lord,
to my cry give ear;
to my weeping be not deaf!
For I am but a wayfarer before You,
a pilgrim like all my fathers.
Turn Your gaze from me that I may find respite,
before I depart and be no more.
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. continue reading
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