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Wednesday, March 18

Fifth Week of Lent

Wednesday, March 18

Scripture: Psalm 51
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

This psalm is attributed to David after his adultery with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11:1–12:25). It is a psalm of confession and repentance. On the Lenten journey with Jesus to the cross, God invites us to be honest about our sin and brokenness and our need for forgiveness and healing.

Questions for reflection
    1. In what ways do you need God to give you a “clean heart” today? In what ways do you resist acknowledging that?
    2. Who do you—a person forgiven by God—need to forgive?

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy, blot out my transgressions.

- - - By Lynne M. Baab, an author and PC(USA) pastor, whose latest book is The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry (

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Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 5; 147:1-11
First Reading Jeremiah 18:1-11
Second Reading Romans 8:1-11
Gospel Reading John 6:27-40
Evening Psalms 27; 51


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