Mercy: Megan Helbling

Two weekends ago, we went to Basalt, Colorado, a little town outside of Aspen. We attended the X games, and spent time in community praying and playing games. I helped plan one of the prayers, and for this blog post, I thought I’d just share a bit about that.

I came across the Litany of Forgiveness, which is based off of Jesus’ teachings called The Beatitudes, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. I’ve always found the beatitudes to be incredibly gracious in the way they recognize people who so often in our society are trampled upon, overlooked, or scoffed at. I was especially compelled by the plea for God to have mercy on us when we fall short of who the beatitudes ask us to be: because in asking for mercy, we are also looking forward to a time that eventually we will, however imperfectly, become more and more of the type of person that the beatitudes describe.

Here’s the Litany (tweaked a bit by me). Hope you enjoy!

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Yet we are preoccupied with money and worldly goods
and put our trust in what we possess
rather than in your care for us.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are the gentle,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Yet we are so concerned about our own rights and self-interest
and so little concerned about serving others.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Yet we are impatient under our burdens
and unconcerned about the burdens of others.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us
.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall have their fill.
Yet we do not yearn for a world that looks like your Kingdom,

And are too lazy or too tired to work for justice.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive
mercy. Yet we are so quick to condemn, so slow to forgive.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Yet we regard others with suspicion,

Suspecting the worst intentions and

guarding ourselves from fellow Children of God.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said:
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children of God.
Yet we are so often ruthless with each other,
and our homes and our world are full of discord and resentments.

Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, Jesus Christ. you said:
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for holiness’ sake,
for the Kingdom of God is theirs.
Yet resistance to the powers of this world is too scary and too painful,
so we remain ignorant to injustice and Complacent with privilege.Have mercy on us,
O Lord, have mercy on us.

 

 

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