‘Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in the Holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts; who do not lift up their souls to what is false…” Psalm 24
Age after age
your children of dust
make their way
to holy places
to seek you,
yet you are closer than
hands or feet.
In temples and churches
people come to seek your way
but what you look for
is the well being of your children.
… who of us has clean hands
and hearts pure enough to be tested by you?
If we have stretched out our hands in greed or envy, pride or resentment,
LORD, CLEANSE US BY YOUR MERCY.
You forgive the sin of all those who turn
to you in sincerity. You cleanse the penitent
and lift up the unworthy.
Set our course according to your word;
give us new strength
to follow on your way
that we may ascend
the hill of the Lord
to be by your side
in the time of trial.