spurning God

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Shylock and Jessica by Maurycy Gottlieb via Wikimedia Commons

I stepped aside
While you stood, silent and sorrowful
Like a spurned lover who sees his loved one
   carried off by his rival.
I’m so ashamed that I feel like crawling to avoid being seen.
I’m afraid of being looked upon by my friend
I’m afraid of being seen by you, Lord,
   for you loved me, and I forgot you.

I forgot you because I was thinking of myself.
And one can’t think of several persons at once.
A person must choose, and I chose.

Sri Lankan confession liturgy

___________________

Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.

What can I do with you, Ephraim?
    What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears.

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