“Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing.” - Luke 23:34
Every year the Good Friday scriptures include this one from Luke 23. We read it thinking it applies to those who are crucifying Jesus. Or maybe it's about the crowds who had just turned their backs on him, those who couldn't see theimplications of their actions.
But one thing about stuff in the Bible is that it doesn't stay there, in a closed Bible. Often, if not daily, this could be Jesus' prayer for us.
This week the Reconciling Ministries Network had a devotional video with a song they said “Forgive us. For we don't know what to do.” That turning of the words puts this scripture right in our faces. We don't know what we are doing, because we don't know what to do. We stumble in our relationships, we get lost in our addictions, we falter in our responses to marginalized people because we so often don't really know what to do. Or we know only in our heads, and don't get our whole selves to go along.
On those days, Jesus' prayer is for us every bit as much as it was for the people of ancient Jerusalem. Forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing.
Forgive us, when we don't know what to do.
Asking forgiveness................ Jeannie