deliver me, Lord


My sins have bowed me to the ground
   and cast me down from the heights
   where I sat enthroned.
I could not have been more determined on my own ruin
   if I had rushed over a precipice.
Who but you can restore to me the beauty I had at first,
   O wisest of Creators – who but you,
   who made me in the first place like yourself,
           made me in the image of yourself?
It was my own free choice that made me
   an accomplice of the Devil and a slave of sin.
Deliver me, Lord, in your mercy;
   have pity on me.

Rabbula of Edessa, c. 350 – 435, bishop of Edessa, Syria
The Macmillan Book of Earliest Christian Prayers


Ephesians 2:1-3

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world
and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,
the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time,
gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—
it is by grace you have been saved

image  Jesus the Good Shepherd

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