nail to the cross

nail in plank
nail in plank by Lynn Greyling

O God our Father,
help us to nail to the cross of your dear Son
   the whole body of our death,
   the wrong desires of our heart,
   the sinful devisings of our mind,
   the corrupt apprehensions of our eyes,
   the cruel words of our tongue,
   the disordered works of our hands and feet;
that our old man being crucified and done away with,
   allows our new man to live and grow into your glorious likeness
   that of your Son, Jesus Christ,
   who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
   one God, world without end.

Eric Milner-White, 1884-1963, Dean of York in the Church of England

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You were dead because of your sins
   and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.
Then God made you alive with Christ,
   for he forgave all our sins.
He canceled the record of the charges against us
   and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

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