Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

May 20, 2021

Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 16, one of my very favorite psalms.

I like to pray with this transliteration by Steven Mitchell – A Book of Psalms

Unnamable God,
I feel you with me at every moment.
You are my food, my drink,
my sunlight, and the air I breathe.
You are the ground I have built on
and the beauty that rejoices my heart. 
I give thanks to you at all times
for lifting me from my confusion,
for teaching me in the dark
and showing me the path of life. 
I have come to the center of the universe;
I rest in your perfect love.
In your presence there is fullness of joy
and blessedness forever and ever.

The psalmist’s prayer is so beautiful that I will just leave it without my interpretations today. Instead, here are a few settings – poetry and music – to lift this gem of a psalm before your prayer.

Let each phrase rest in your spirit.
Breathe with its rhythm.
As you savor it, let it release
a precious and holy truth
into your life.

Poetry: Two of my poems, both written when I was very young in my spiritual journey.


Sunrise paints 
the hedge’s morning side
rose-petal gold.

But I choose
the western side.
There, midnight’s purple leaves

awake in lazy grey, 
then stripes
of green and silver.

There, the awesome 
grace of living
rises slowly in the heart,

a liquor savored,
a prayer lingering
in genuflected silence.


It happened in that distant winter, deep
in pristine mornings like Venetian glass.
Everyday I’d turn to face You
as frozen orange sun
slid up a whitening sky.

Every day, You would be silent,
until finally You folded me
in silence, like a nestling child
comes quiet in the rhythm
of its mother’s breath.

Even now, on such a morning
I remember how it was
when first I came to love You
from the inside, out
– the way the leaves love green.

Music: Two pieces today:

1-The Fullness of Joy – Shane and Shane

2-Hymn to Hope from Sacred Garden

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