Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy steadfast love...
We read over it daily.
We talk about the meaning of the words, the meaning of the prayer.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
I make him aware of his transgressions and, sure enough, he makes me aware of my own. Not so much in our lessons, but in day to day life. Those are the most important lessons of all.
Our children are tools to our salvation. No one can point out to me my sinful ways or humble me quite as quickly as this little being.
Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
God gave us these children. They teach us wisdom. Oh but to have the open eyes of a child! To see the glories they see- and to see the truths that come so easily to them!
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
A constant prayer on my lips, in my heart...
Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy holy Sprit from me.
I need His ever presence. I need the guidance of the spirit. I must look to Him to restore my joy. I must guide this young child to always seek His presence.
O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise
Oh and Lord close them when they need to be closed!
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit
Stay close to me Lord- through this Lenten season and all the seasons to come. Help me to break this prideful spirit...help me to sacrifice and show Thy steadfast love and Thy abundant mercy to all as you have given freely to me.
Help me to teach these young ones the same.