Search me, O God, and know my heart;
…test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
…and lead me in the way everlasting.
Search me, O God
None of us really want an inspection. And yet, as small children, we are eager to show our school finger-painting to our parents. Or those little clay molds of our hands. We can’t wait for Sunday to share the Mother’s Day card we crafted on Friday. It doesn’t much matter how neatly we have printed. We share it freely in the knowledge that we are a delight in our parent’s eyes.
So often we avoid that inward reflection, that self-examination, that truthful look at ourselves and our world – despite the fact that it is the only way to be made whole. But it is not our heavenly parent we cannot face; it is ourselves. God waits to be gracious to us. God is eager to embrace us. God delights to lead us in the way everlasting.
who in the waters of baptism marked us with the sign of the cross
turn our hearts towards your wondrous love
that we may walk in your peace.
– A prayer for the week of Ash Wednesday