The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
Daily reflections in Verse, Music and Artwork by Rev’d Paul Collings
Dear loving Lord, how can it be
That graciously you reach my soul
With love so rich you have for me;
As with compassion you unroll
In selfless actions life to free,
Your perfect plan to make me whole?
Though I frustrate your perfect will
And hide my eyes from your good grace;
Though I attempt to thwart, to kill
Your purpose here and e’en erase
Your kindly gift you come to fill;
As You respond, with gentle face.
My actions whilst in human terms
Would anger cause, there rage to brew,
You come to me and there confirm
Your name is love, where you renew
My sight, my life and reaffirm
That by your grace you change my view.
Lord, may I come to you again
And in your open hand embrace
As patiently you tend and train
My heart and mind so I can trace
Your holiness and there obtain
The perfect peace of sacred space.
“God's wrath, properly, is an aspect of his love: it is because God loves human beings with a steady, unquenchable passion that he hated Apartheid, that he hates torture and cluster bombs, that he loathes slavery, that his wrath is relentless against the rich who oppress the poor. If God was not wrathful against these and so many other distortions of our human vocation, he is not loving. And it is his love, determining to deal with that nasty, insidious, vicious, soul-destroying evil, that causes him to send his only, special son.”