Mercy

Goya_St Peter Repentant

Goya, The Repentant St Peter (1824), Philips Collection, Washington DC

Lord, have mercy on me.

How foolish I’ve been,

how cowardly and stupid,

how much I have failed you.

 

Time and time again you have shown me the way,

the truth, the life.

And time and time again I have doubted you,

have doubted myself.

Lord, have mercy on me.

 

I speak without thinking,

I’m impetuous and rash

and still you put your trust in me,

show me mercy which is never deserved.

 

I’ve tried to love you,

I do love you more than life itself

so how could I deny you?

Not once but three times.

My shame is like a weight around my shoulders,

a weight that I will never lose

and I can barely look at you.

 

Forgive me, Lord.

Not once, not twice, but over and over again,

dare I even ask it?

You call me a rock and trust me with the keys to your kingdom

and I know I am unworthy.

 

May your strength overcome my weaknesses

and set me free to do your will.

Lord, have mercy on me.

May forgiveness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

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