For out of the same heart and the same mouth came these two cries from the cross: “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34) and “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). The first required the second. The second secured the first. Together, both of them buckle my knees, still my heart, and loose my tongue.

-Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers, 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith, p.109

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