“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me . . .” (Psalm 51.3)
Almighty maker of heaven and earth
into whose hands all power has been given.
You who stoop to my weakness
and offer your cleansing.
Cleanse not only my feet,
but also my hands and head.
In my self-sufficiency
I foolishly deny your bidding to wash me
And in my self-righteousness,
I join with the one who has said,
“You shall never wash my feet!”
How then, knowing what you have said,
(that if you do not wash me I shall have no part with you)
do I maintain my delusions of autarchic sufficiency?
Stoop to my weakness mighty as you are!
Cleanse all of me . . . yes, but first my head.
Cast out the prideful madness of mind
which deceives me to think that I need not be cleansed!
Suffer not that I shall be like the son of Simon,
Who, upon receiving the venerable sop,
left quickly as it was at once declared to be night.
Cause me to see that my heart is deceitful above all things;
and in seeing its desperately wicked condition,
compel me to humbly approach in stooping posture
and receive your blood which purifies my unrighteousness.
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