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Angela Ashwin

Reflection for  Lent - February to March

PENITENCE AND HEALING

'As far as the East is from the West,
so far has he set our sins from us.
As a father pities his children,
so does the Lord have mercy on those who fear him.'
Psalm 130: 12-13


O Christ, I open my heart to you.

Forgive all my weakness, selfishness and sin.

From your cross
light, healing and hope
pour out onto us all.

Help me to turn back to you
every time I wander away,
that I may receive again
your mercy and transforming power
in the depths of my soul.


'He was wounded for our transgressions;
bruised for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement
that made us whole,
and with his stripes
we are healed.'

Isaiah 53:5


'Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow'.

Psalm 51: 7

This is an adaptation of the Meditations 'Penitence',  No 7,  page 28, and 'Healing', No. 8, page 31,  in 'Wait and Trust',
by Angela Ashwin, published by Eagle,  1997.
This and its sister volume 'Wait and See' are now out of print, but can be bought second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' is also available from McCrimmons Publishers Ltd.