Just as I am
Roz and I went to Burrswood Hospital this afternoon.
It’s a Christian centre for “the whole person, body, mind and spirit”.
We joined the 3pm service, and listened to this passage in Luke 18.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else: “Two men went up to the temple complex to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’
“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, turn Your wrath from me—a sinner!’ I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The chaplain looked at the two men, and their conflicting approach.
The Pharisee’s pride and self worth kept him from knowing God, the tax collector’s broken spirit elevated him from despair to relationship.
The passage reminded me of that once familiar hymn.