A Good Friday Prayer

by Ken Howard

Forgive me, Lord,

for I know not

what I

do.

Despite my best intentions,

I cannot focus

my faith

on

you.

I lurch

left                     and                     right

between

“Hosanna!”                         and                     “Crucify him!”

or

stand                           at a                     distance,

like a

casual acquaintance:

watching,                       silent,                    uninvolved,

saying

“I don’t know the man.”

Betraying                        the best                     that I know.

Help me, Lord,

to see you

for what you are:

A

Savior

who does not rescue me,

but instead

keeps me whole,

and

   helps me                    what I must

face                    face

A

Christ

who empowers me,

not by giving me

power and control,

but

by showing me                          and                         what I could be,

who I am,                                                   if I would follow your call.

Show me Lord,

who I really am:

At the same time

much less                             and                             much more

 than I think                                                      than I can imagine.

A person                                                                       A person

 in need of redemption.                                         worth dying for.

A person loved

by

God.

crown-of-thorns

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