Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lenten Meditation #10

Father, I have been accumulating sins since the day of my birth, and while You have graciously forgiven my sins in Christ, and cleansed me from all unrighteousness for His sake, nevertheless my past foolishness and rebellion have inflicted great damage on me and others. In Your grace You have softened their effects and even granted that I gain wisdom from them, thus, by Your mighty power, using even my sins for my good. May I not forget Your mercies and may I not return to those sins, but forsake them forever.

6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
 According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness' sake, O Lord.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name's sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
―Psalm 25

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lenten Meditation #9

O Lord, it is often so difficult for me to see my own sin. I am blinded by my own stubborn will and my own self-justification and rationalization. It is frequently necessary for You to send another person to speak directly and frankly in personal confrontation. Keep me, O Lord, from going on blindly in some sin. Do send someone to me rather than let me continue in it. Shake me, search me, open my eyes. And when You enable me to see my sin, give me the grace to own it directly and simply, as David did, and say, "Against You, You only have I sinned...that You are...blameless in Your judgment" (Ps.51:1,4). Give me understanding to see that all sin is ultimately against You; a violation of Your holy law, and heinous in Your sight. Let all Your people be sensitive to sin, slow to speak words of self-defense, and quick to confess to You and to others. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, that I may teach transgressors Your ways (Ps.51:12-13).

Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.

William Frank Buckley Jr. (Nov. 24, 1925 - Feb. 27, 2008) was an American author, conservative journalist, who founded the conservative political magazine National Review in 1955 and hosted the award-winning television show Firing Line from 1966 until 1999.

  • I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.
  • Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
  • I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.
  • Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
  • I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies.
  • I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth.
  • I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
  • The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house.
  • One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.
  • I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.
  • Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
  • Does baloney fear the grinder?
  • Industry is the enemy of melancholy. 
  • I find it easier to believe in God than to believe Hamlet was deduced from the molecular structure of a mutton chop.
  • Granted, that to look up at the stars comes close to compelling disbelief -- how can such a chance arrangement be other than an elaboration -- near infinite -- of natural impulses? Yes, on the other hand, who is to say that the arrangement of the stars is more easily traceable to nature, than to nature's molder? What is the greater miracle: the raising of the dead man in Lazarus, or the mere existence of the man who died and of the witnesses who swore to his revival?
  • Conservatives should be adamant about the need for the reappearance of Judeo-Christianity in the public square.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lenten Meditation #8

Merciful Lord, like Adam in the Garden, I have often sought to hide from You, for I am ashamed. Rather than come to you for mercy and forgiveness I have sought refuge in other places, concealing my sins. I have feigned innocence when I was guilty and pretended to be righteous when I was not. Even as You promised mercy and grace, I have frequently refused to receive Your gift and preferred to nurse my secret sins. Come to me, O Lord, and shine Your light upon my sins that I might confess them to You.

13 He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
―Proverb 28:13

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lenten Meditation #7

Second Penitential Psalm
Psalm 32 - The Joy of Forgiveness
A Psalm of David. A Contemplation. 

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
 I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,"
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
7 You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lenten Meditation #6

Heavenly Father, help me not to be hardened through the deceitfulness of my sins but rather may I search them out and willingly receive Your rebuke. Reveal to me those hidden sins that lie buried in my heart and that do their insidious work to bring me low and to separate me from You. Give me new eyes to see and open up my ears to hear. Holy Spirit, continue Your work of sanctification in me, rooting out sin, that I might more and more be conformed to the image of the Son.

12 Who can understand his errors?
 Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
―Psalm 19

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lenten Meditation #5

O Lord, as I consider my sins I am reminded of how lightly I pass over them, forgetting the many ways they are compounded. There are so many of them that I cannot count or recall them all. Neither are they light, but are often entrenched and deep. I have repented of the same sins over and over, and though I have known the joy of your cleansing forgiveness, yet, I return to those very sins again and again. I am sorry for the repetition and continuance of my sins.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
―Psalm 139

Christin's Quote Book

  • Some things have to be believed to be seen. —Madeleine L’Engle
  • The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. ―Paul Johnson
  • Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. —C. S. Lewis
  • It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money. —P. J. O’Rourke
  • Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates. ―Abbott Lawrence Lowell

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The First Sunday in Lent - Meditation

NOTE: Lord's Days are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, since they are always feast days. Thus, there are Sunday "in" Lent.

Glorious God―Father, Son and Holy Spirit―Creator who has made this lovely world and given it to all men for enjoyment, help me to never grow dull to all its wonder. Since I have grown so familiar, let me not forget how glorious Your lovely creation is. Keep my eyes open to the beauty of the blue sky and the pageant of the clouds, the mystery of the moonlight and the majesty of the silent stars. My I see in every sunrise the miracle of life and light renewed, and in every sunset a reminder of the shortness of this life and promise of resurrection. May no day be common to me, but may each one bring the benediction of Your renewed kindness in Jesus Christ. As I begin this new week, reflecting on the resurrection of Christ and my union with Him, gathering to worship with Your people, grant that I may learn to serve You with gladness, for the sake of Him by whom all things were made. AMEN

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lenten Meditation #4

O Lord, I descend from many generations of sinners and was conceived in sin. Not only is my nature to sin, but my sinfulness has given birth to many actual transgressions. I have often rejected Your holy law and refused correction. I have provoked Your Spirit and followed my own selfish desires. I have not feared You as I ought and have been slow to return to You even as You called. I have frequently hardened my heart and provoked You, and yet You have shown me much mercy and kindness.

22 Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 "The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I hope in Him!"
―Lamentations 3