you sprinkled us with clean water

image by Samad Deldar

Kindness flows from you, Lord,
   pure and continual.
You had cast us off, as was only just,
   but mercifully you forgave us;
you hated us and you were reconciled to us,
   you cursed us and you blessed us;
you banished us from paradise,
   and you called us back again;
you took from us the fig leaves
 that had been an unsuitable garment,
   and you put on us a cloak of great value;
you opened the prison gates
   and gave the condemned a pardon;
you sprinkled us with clean water
   and washed away the dirt.

Gregory of Nyssa, c 335-395  one of the Cappadocian Fathers
2000 Years of Prayer, slightly modified


For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.  I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.  Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

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