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“For He has shattered gates of bronze and cut bars of iron asunder. Fools, because of their rebellious way, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.” (Psalm 107:16-18)

The generations come and go, and things remain the same. The human heart is born far from the Lord and His ways. He breaks the rod of the oppressor and allows the iniquities of the sinners to bring its recompense. Drawing close to the gates of death opens the eyes of those who see that this life is fleeting and only in the Lord is there hope and a future. Do not be foolish, but come and see.

Lord, I have been foolish and there are fools all around me. Help me to not be tempted into the fool’s way of thinking, but to come humbly to You that I may see things as they are. Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I may walk humbly in Your sight and live according to Your will. Guide me ever deeper into the mystery of faith that in spite of the world around me, I may abide in You.

Holy Spirit, shatter the illusions of this age that I may see clearly the truth of the world in which I live. Add to my heart the hope of eternity and a vision of the age to come. Then guide me to walk all the days of my life humbly in Your presence doing what brings the Father glory. Calm my heart and lift me up by Your grace to be firm in faith, gentle in compassion and strong in conviction. Amen.