You are good, Heavenly Father, and you do good. Yet we know that we are not good, and we have not done the good we ought to do. We have not been holy and good in all that we do, unlike you. We afflict others by our sins, and we respond wrongly to our own affliction. Thank you that we can say with the Psalmist, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good…” Thank you that your goodness to us meant afflicting our sinless Savior, who never went astray. The weight of our wandering was put on him, and his goodness has been imputed to us. Because of him, we can say “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” When our hearts were unfeeling, Christ died for us. Give us soft hearts that love you and your word, we pray in Jesus’ name, amen. (Based on Psalm 119:65-72)