A Little Lower Than the Angels (Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost)

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect of the Day)

O God –

Was this what You had planned
When You shaped the man from dust,
In Your image made him,
A little lower than the angels?

Was this brokenness, this shame,
This heart-that-flees – was this Your plan?
Was this why You gave him glory,
Gave him power, gave him breath?

When You saw him reach for heaven,
Pluck the fruit from Your own garden,
Take his knowledge, make it hubris –
Was this, Lord, what You had planned?

O God –
Was this why

You gave Your Son this broken flesh,
And made Him walk among the rebels,
Showing how the one true human
Would live and die as You had willed?

Was this why, His arms uplifted,
He did all that we could not?
Made us all His brothers, sisters,
Closer to angels than we should ever be?

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