“Worse Than the First”
Help us, O Lord, not to settle for temporary or partial fixes to our spiritual problems; help us not to settle for seemingly ridding ourselves of what is wrong within us without also welcoming the ways that you will fill us with what is right—that you will fill us with your love, with your grace, and with yourself.
Remind us, O Lord, that right positions, right words, right ideas, and right actions—right as we regard them and even as our community regards them—are not enough, particularly if they consist mainly of what we don’t think, don’t say, or don’t do.
Fill us so much with your life, O Lord, that there is little room for anything else.
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but it finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45)