Friday, March 13, 2015

Teach us to love in enduring ways

Psalm 107:1-9 (NRSV)
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

The below prayer and thoughts are NOT mine, 
but I found them powerful. Shared from:

Describe a time 
when what was happening to someone else
also felt like it was happening to you.

When have you felt “steadfast love”? 
What does it feel like? 
When have you been able to offer 
that kind of love to someone else?

What landscape 
could you use to describe your own faith? 
Does the desert described in the Psalm 
resonate with your experience? 
Or a choppy ocean? 
A field of wildflowers? 
A jagged-toothed city skyline? 
A vast expanse of rolling hills? 

Holy One,
we give thanks that you are God of our whole lives –
When we are young and when we are old,
When we are hungry and thirsty, and when we are full,
When we are sad or scared or angry, and when we are loving and free.
We give thanks for your steadfast love,
that surrounds us in every setting.
Teach us to love in enduring ways.

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