I Believe…


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Psalm 51:1-12

As believers in God, what we believe about God directly impacts what we believe about ourselves and about one another. So, what is it you believe?  What has Jesus’ birth and life and ministry taught you about living… taught you about God?

Knowing what you believe, then, the more important question is:

How is that seen in your living? How is it making a difference to others?


For this week’s scripture we used Nan Merrill’s translation, found in her book Psalms for Praying, and printed below.


Psalm 51:1-12 (Nan Merrill, Psalms for Praying)

Have mercy on me, O Gracious One, according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant kindness,

forgive me where my thoughts and deeds have hurt others.

Lead me in the paths of justice, guide my steps on paths of peace!


Teach me, that I may know my weaknesses, the shortcomings that bind me,

the unloving ways that separate me, that keep me from recognizing your Life in me;

For, I keep company with fear, and dwell in the house of ignorance.

Yet, I was brought forth in love, and love is my birthright.


You have placed your truth in the inner being; therefore, teach me the wisdom of the heart.

Forgive all that binds me in fear, that I might radiate love;

cleanse me that your light might shine in me.

Fill me with gladness; help me to transform weakness into strength.

Look not on my past mistakes but on the aspirations of my heart.


Create in me a clean heart, O Gracious One, and put a new and right spirit within me.

Enfold me in the arms of Love, and fill me with your Holy Spirit.

Restore in me the joy of your saving grace, and encourage me with a new spirit.


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