Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 146, a lilting song of praise, remembrance, hope, trust, gratitude, and joy.
Praying with this inclusive translation, I let my life story unfold in the Presence of the Beloved, turning each petal over and over in the Light of God’s incomprehensible grace and mercy. No words … just the grateful turning. And I listened…listened to the silence.
Alleluia Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I live. Happy are they who look to God for their help! For their hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; who keeps promises for ever; who gives justice when we are oppressed, food when we hunger freedom when we are entrapped. The Lord breaks through our blindness The Lord lifts us up wthe we have been bowed. and loves our desire for good. I remember how the Lord cares for us when we are brokenhearted, but frustrates the way of the faithless. I know the Lord shall reign for ever. Alleluia!
Poetry: “I Happened To Be Standing” by Mary Oliver
I don’t know where prayers go,
or what they do.
Do cats pray, while they sleep
half-asleep in the sun?
Does the opossum pray as it
crosses the street?
The sunflowers? The old black oak
growing older every year?
I know I can walk through the world,
along the shore or under the trees,
with my mind filled with things
of little importance, in full
self-attendance. A condition I can’t really
call being alive.
Is a prayer a gift, or a petition,
or does it matter?
The sunflowers blaze, maybe that’s their way.
Maybe the cats are sound asleep. Maybe not.
While I was thinking this I happened to be standing
just outside my door, with my notebook open,
which is the way I begin every morning.
Then a wren in the privet began to sing.
He was positively drenched in enthusiasm,
I don’t know why. And yet, why not.
I wouldn’t pursuade you from whatever you believe
or whatever you don’t. That’s your business.
But I thought, of the wren’s singing, what could this be
if it isn’t a prayer?
So I just listened, my pen in the air.
Music: Praise You – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Lord I come to you today, With a simple prayer to pray. In everything I do, Let my life O Lord praise you. Praise you, praise you, praise you Let my life, praise you Praise you, praise you, praise you Let my life, O lord praise you Lord you formed me out of clay, And for your glory I was made. Use this vessel as you choose. Let my life O Lord praise you