A Season of Lent: Humble and Hopeful Prayer

“Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18: 13-14)

Hopeful humility is the difficult thing to achieve. When we come to the end of ourselves and the beginning of Christ, it is easier. But it is the happiest and most confident of places to be.

“The heresies that attacked human happiness in my times have all been variations either of presumption or of despair.” – G. K. Chesterton, Autobiography, 1936

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