Visio Divina for 3/22/12 – “Have Mercy on Me, O God” – Day 4 (Praying)


Pray to God, allowing for the transformation of your being and feelings. Give to God what you have found in your heart.



O God of steadfast love, it is so hard to conceive of a love and loyalty like yours. There are people that I love and to whom I am bound in relationship, but it is a struggle to be merciful when I am hurt. I want to tell everyone around me how I have been mistreated. Somehow, if I am able to gain sympathizers, I wil feel better. I find myself hoarding my hurts  like precious treasure. Unlike You, O God, my loyalty wavers. Instead, I want to sever the hurtful relationship and no longer invest myself with those who harm me. But, You, O Lord, are loyal to who you are. Unlike me, you stay true to those in relationship with you, even when we (when I) sin against you. You blot out our transgressions completely, and you wash us cleaner than the newest, white snow. You are so Other, so different from us, from me.

O God of abundant mercy, teach us through this psalm which is so right for this time of Lent. Help us to see that we can approach you in confidence like David did. He had committed atrocious sins and yet found forgiveness and renewed life in you. Help us see this as an invitation to bring our own iniquities before you and, with our little faith, believe and hope that you will deal with us in the same way. After we experience your undeserved mercy, may we show mercy to others when we are hurt. May I remain loving and loyal to you and to others, like You, O God. Amen.

-Kathy Janku

© Psalm 51, Donald Jackson, 2004. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota.  Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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