Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lent daybook, 35: psalm prayers

My Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you? (see previous Lent daybook 2016 posts here)


Every Riven Thing
God goes, belonging to every riven thing he’s made
sing his being simply by being
the thing it is:
stone and tree and sky, 
man who sees and sings and wonders why
God goes. Belonging, to every riven thing he’s made,
means a storm of peace.
Think of the atoms inside the stone.
Think of the man who sits alone
trying to will himself into the stillness where
God goes belonging. To every riven thing he’s made
there is given one shade
shaped exactly to the thing itself:
under the tree a darker tree;
under the man the only man to see
God goes belonging to every riven thing. He’s made
the things that bring him near,
made the mind that makes him go.
A part of what man knows,
apart from what man knows,
God goes belonging to every riven thing he’s made
Christian Wiman, from Every Riven Thing (2010). 

all readings for the day: Psalm 20; Judges 9:7-15; 1 John 2:18-28

Pray Psalm 20:
May the Lord answer us in the day of trouble!
    May the name of the God of Jacob protect us!
 May he send us help from the sanctuary
    and give us support from Zion!
 May he remember all our offerings
    and regard with favor our burnt sacrifices! Selah
 May he grant us our heart's desire
    and fulfill all our plans!
 May we shout for joy over our salvation,
    and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all our petitions!
 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
    he will answer us from his holy heaven
    with the saving might of his right hand.
 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
 They collapse and fall,
    but we rise and stand upright.
 Lord, save the king!
    May he answer us when we call.



Write a poem prayer to God today. If you feel like you can't write your own words, use those of a Psalm or a poem and adapt it to your own life and desires.


(see all Lent daybook posts from 2015 here)

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