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Mar 16 2007

Lent: Day 26 – Prayer & Scripture

Week 4 (Day 26): Forgiveness

To Do Today

Forgive someone who has hurt you. The key to forgiving others is to remember how much God has forgiven you. Is it difficult for you to forgive someone who wronged you a little when God has forgiven you so much? Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness can help you love and forgive others.

Today’s Prayer

For even if I were to call to Abraham himself
with a parched mouth, as taught by
the parable of the rich man,
Abraham would not provide so much as a drop of water,
since he too is bound by our common humanity.

And if I were to call to Moses, also a captive of
human frailty,
it would be useless for he could not save even the man
gathering branches on the Sabbath.

And as for Aaron, he himself needed an intercessor.
And David, he too was blamed despite his abundant good deeds.
Then there are Noah, and Job and Daniel,
as the prophet Ezekiel explained, inspired by God:
?As I live, said the Lord God, they shall deliver neither
sons nor daughters from the fury to come, only they
themselves shall be saved.?

As for Peter, the rock of faith,
no sooner was he out of your providential care
than he succumbed to human anxieties.
I leave unmentioned multitudes of others
humbled by various human frailties
who are, nevertheless, among the eternally blessed,
for example, the prophet Josiah who blasphemed even
at the altar during the divine liturgy.
Like these there are many more making up
an inexplicable mystery
susceptible to various interpretations.

Today’s Scripture (Reading)

Isaiah 43:22 – 44:8

“Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought me sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins, you have wearied me with your iniquities.
“I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Put me in remembrance, let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
Your first father sinned, and your mediators transgressed against me.
Therefore I profaned the princes of the sanctuary, I delivered Jacob to utter destruction and Israel to reviling.
“But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen!
Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshu’run whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring.
They shall spring up like grass amid waters, like willows by flowing streams.
This one will say, `I am the LORD’s,’ another will call himself by the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, `The LORD’s,’ and surname himself by the name of Israel.”
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
Who is like me? Let him proclaim it, let him declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be.
Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

Daily Prayer and Scripture taken from the Armenian Church website

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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