FOR A FRESH START
me eat no more of the sinful fruit
of the Fatal Apple which Adam tasted.
Tear down the charnel house of my sins!
Despoil the fleshy indiscretions therein,
and sweep out out the rotting fruits of evil.
me back from temptation where poisonous serpents coil
to attack again.
have abused Your Love.
me now from the lewd seductions
of the Prince of Corruption and Destruction.
my evil past in Your Easter Fire!
Obliterate my dark sins in the vast sunlight of Your sweet
Cleanse me in the bracing Jordan waters.
Clothe me in the linens of Your radiant mercy.
Hold me fast in Your strong right arm
and let past missteps vanish in spring showers of forgiving
down blessings on me in torrents
of cool grace. Bow me down on fresh grasses in dews of
forgiveness, and lead me only then through the ascending
of Your shining palaces of grace.
let my meager goodness build
within my soul a pavilion of innocence,
frosted with grace, gilded in humility and ornamented
me set round it high cold barricades against against the
heat of temptation.
Oh God of Salvation, make Your home within my soul. Blind
me to evil!
Make me alien to sin. Let me see no sun
but You, the Shining Light of All Eternity.