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Number of great passages in here, thank you! Brings to mind:

Psalm 83: "For better is one day in Thy courts than thousands elsewhere. I have chosen rather to be an outcast in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of sinners."

Psalm 84: "Thous hast forgiven the iniquities of Thy people, Thou hast covered all their sins... O God, Thou wilt turn and quicken us, and Thy people shall be glad in Thee... I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me; for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints and to them that turn their heart unto him....Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other..." etc.


I'm glad you left off dialectic. This is lovely. Supplication, intercessory prayer, turning away from the ego -- reminds me of a story I found in Metropolitan Anthony Bloom's (of Blessed Memory) archive:
"A man I knew returned, having...spent several years in a concentration camp. I met him in a street in Paris and asked him, 'What have you brought back from the camp?' 'Anguish," he replied. 'Why? Have you lost your faith?' I said. 'No,' he answered, 'but you see, while I was in the camp, the object of violence, of ill-treatment, of cruelty, expecting a violent death at every moment, I could say, Father, forgive them and I was sure that God must forgive them because I had the right to ask for His forgiveness, for I was an innocent victim of their violence. Now I am free and perhaps they have not understood, they are still in their hatred and folly. And when I ask God for their salvation, anguish seizes me: what proof can I bring to God to show that my prayer is sincere? I no longer suffer.'

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