Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
I believe I shall see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living. Psalm 26
Since during this week our Course members have been praying with the Psalms we were all asked to write a Psalm of our own. The results were well worth all the effort. Unfortunately, I am not able to share them with you as I do not have the author's permission, but take my worth for it King David would have been happy with all of them. Since none of us had ever done anything like this before it was quite an achievement. One member used Psalm 23 as a basis for her own thoughts and feelings. One spent several days staring at a blank sheet of paper before a brilliant Psalm came to her very early one morning. A third set his Psalm to music. Hopefully we can put them all together in a booklet at some stage.
Anyway here is my small contribution:
Where are you O Lord? Have you forsaken us?
This coronavirus pandemic has devastated the world.
How can we rejoice amidst so much grief and suffering?
Our churches are locked so that we are unable to worship and praise you
Or share the Eucharist there as usual with our church family.
Our Priest appears on our computer screens as if in a film on Netflix.
When will we be able to come together again?
Will this plague never end?
Yet, we remember that your dwelling place is not in those church buildings
But in the hearts of your faithful people.
We look around us and we see the glory of your Creation
In the flowers, vegetables and shrubs in the garden
We see the young birds newly fledged taking their first tentative flight
And the young foxes learning to feed themselves in the night
You have not abandoned us, you are here Lord!
Here in our hearts and in our garden!
Here we give you praise and honour!
Here we worship you.
We thank you, Lord for being with us forever as you have promised
Thanks be to you O God for the glory of your world.
As I sat down to write this a friend invited me to his website where his subject this time is A Week of Psalms! Take a look, as I am sure you will find them inspirational. The link is: givenscreative.com.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years