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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Bonus Reading, Psalms
A Personal Cry for Forgiveness
Today's reading is a personal lament from among the "songs of ascents" -- the music that people would sing together as they climbed the mount to worship in the Temple. It is a prayer of confession, admitting the soul's suffering from guilt for wrongdoing and sinfulness. From the opening phrase, "out of the depths," they offer a vision of despair that seeks God's comfort and forgiveness. And yet, it ends with a word of hope for God's support and love.