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Wendell A. Brown

Vindicate me, Oh Lord
Please vindicate me for
I have been a sinner
All my life

What you have given me
I fear I have not been
a good steward of, and I
Have faltered in my

I am like the Persian King
Who when his kingdom was
Taken away became a

Feathers grew on his back
Like a bird, and he ate grass
Like an animal, his kingdom
Was taken from him

We as sinners allow ourselves
To be separated from your love
Not knowing your goodness any
Longer becoming prodigal
Sons and daughters

As I cry from my heart,
As my eyes look up from
Deep within my spirit…
I long to drink of your
Goodness again

Lift me from my sorrows
Rescue me from the fate
Of those who turn away
Setting me again on the
Right path which will
Lead me home to you…

For I am forever in
Need of Your love.
(A prayer of repentance written November 1976)
after I prayed Jonah’s prayer of repentance to
the Lord…and he answered my prayer.)
Jonah 2: 2-9

“In my distress, I called to the Lord,
and he answered me. From deep in the
realm of the dead I called for help, and
you listened to my cry. You hurled me
into the depths, into the very heart of
the seas, and the currents swirled about
me; all your waves and breakers swept
over me. I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight, yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing
waters threatened me, the deep surrounded
me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God, brought my life up
from the pit. “When my life was ebbing
away, I remembered you, Lord, and my
prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
“Those who cling to worthless idols turn
away from God’s love for them. But I,
with shouts of grateful praise, will
sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I
will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation
comes from the Lord.’”
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Wendell A. Brown