Thursday, July 20

Reflection

For today’s reflection on Hebrews 4:12-13, pray the words of

the hymn In All Our Grief. It powerfully acknowledges our sin

and brokenness, all the while claiming trust in God’s healing

mercy.

In all our grief and fear we turn to you.

O God, you know all that we think or do,

You know the pain we put each other through.

Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, grant us peace.

Help us to put aside the angry word,

The clenching fist, the wish and will to hurt.

Teach us the way in which love best is served.

Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, grant us peace.

You did not even spare your only Son.

He lived our griefs and bore all evil done,

But through his cross, redemption has been won.

Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, grant us peace.

God, when we suffer all that we can bear,

Then let us know that you in truth are near

And will not leave us lost in all our fear.

Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, grant us peace.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship, #615).