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October 8, 2004
The Long Dark Night of Peter Rhebergen
"I'm forgiven, because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again
Amazing love, how can it be
That You my King would die for me?"
goeth before the fall
in the evening
the mirror showing a man of God
resolute and strong
able to overcome
in the morning
nothing but reality
no more than a man
who resisted temptation
once less than he needed to
in the night
a struggle between
creature and Creator
flesh and spirit
"Have I fallen off of the path,
or just fallen on the grace of God?"
"Do I remain deserving of God?"
"Does God still love this man?
"Even David fell and got up again
unswerving in his love for God."
"I didn't deserve God in the beginning
when He took me out of death."
the Bible tells me so
it is not God's fault, He has not failed
it is mine, I am weak and needful of
forgiveness, that is God's and out of my hands
except to accept it
as I need it each moment anew
(I need Thee every hour!)
forgetting once again
I am nothing if I am not in Christ
If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
After a time of struggle and failure
and the realization of God's mercy.
Scripture from 1 John 1:8-9
Quote beneath title from
"You Are My King"
by Billy James Foote
The title and idea are very loose echoes
of the fifth season Babylon 5 episode
"The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari"
Each New Day A Miracle
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