October 5, 2023

Psalm 130 (The Message)

1-2 Help, God—I’ve hit rock bottom!
    Master, hear my cry for help!
Listen hard! Open your ears!
    Listen to my cries for mercy.

3-4 If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
    who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit,
    and that’s why you’re worshiped.

5-6 I pray to God—my life a prayer—
    and wait for what he’ll say and do.
My life’s on the line before God, my Lord,
    waiting and watching till morning,
    waiting and watching till morning.

7-8 O Israel, wait and watch for God
    with God’s arrival comes love,
    with God’s arrival comes generous redemption.
No doubt about it—he’ll redeem Israel,
    buy back Israel from captivity to sin.



God, it’s easy to forget that forgiveness is your habit, and when you show up Love and Redemption are the friends you bring to meet me. As the semester gets filled with tests of all kinds, help me to lift up my honest prayers to you for help and for hope. Give me the eyes to see the many ways you show up with love and grace in my life, my friend’s lives, and the life of the world. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Written by Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, UKirk Executive Director

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