Meditation for Thursday in the first week of Lent

Then Queen Esther, seized with deadly anxiety, fled to the Lord. She took off her splendid apparel and put on the garments of distress and mourning, and instead of costly perfume she covered her head with ashes and dung… Esther 14:1-2a

Do not withhold from me, O my God, the best, the Spirit of your dear Son; that in that day when judgment is set I may be presented to you, not blameless, but forgiven, not effectual but faithful, not holy but persevering, without desert but accepted, because he has pleaded the cause of my soul, and redeemed my life.

Prayer by Eric Milner White

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