Poetry

Daily Poetry Devotional for Lent 2021 – Week 1

Poetry Devotional Lent 2021

For the season of Lent, we offer a daily devotional based on a scripture reading for that day (RCL Daily Readings) and a poem that is relevant to that passage of scripture. In the traditional 40-day format of Lent, we offer these meditations for six days each week (no Sundays). 

We offer in this series a broad selection of classic and contemporary poems from diverse poets that stir our imaginations with thoughts of how the biblical text speaks to us in the twenty-first century.

Daily Poetry Devotional Lent 2021
Week 1

[ Ash Wednesday ]   [ Thurs. 2/18 ]   
[ Fri. 2/19 ]   [ Sat. 2/20 ]   
[ Mon. 2/22 ]   [ Tues. 2/23 ]  
[ Wed. 2/24 ]    [ Thurs 2/25 ]  

Day 4
Sat. February 20

Psalm 25:1-6a:

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found

 
 

Forgiveness
George Macdonald

God gives his child upon his slate a sum-
To find eternity in hours and years;
With both sides covered, back the child doth come,
His dim eyes swollen with shed and unshed tears;
God smiles, wipes clean the upper side and nether,
And says, ‘Now, dear, we’ll do the sum together!’
 
 

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IMAGE CREDIT: Temptation in the Wilderness.
Painting by Briton Riviere (1898)
 







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