Fourth day of the fifth week after Easter. Read this week's lectionary readings here.
4 Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the extent of my days, Let me know how transient I am.
Why am I transient? Why are my days so short?
10 Remove Thy plague from me; Because of the opposition of Thy hand, I am perishing.
11 Thou dost
consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere
Why is God doing this to me?
11 With reproofs Thou dost chasten a man for iniquity...
Oh. It's my iniquity. My sin. My fault, my most grievous fault.
I am silenced. I deserve all that has come upon me.
9 I have become dumb, I do not open my mouth, Because it is Thou who hast done it.
Or as it says in Psalm 51:4 "Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, And blameless when Thou dost judge."
7 And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee.
12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent
at my tears; For I am a stranger with Thee, A sojourner like all my
13 Turn Thy gaze away from me, that I may smile again, Before I depart and am no more."
Perhaps the Lord will answer my prayer as he did Cornelius' prayer.