Monday, September 28, 2020

Acrostic Praise

Psalm 34 is an acrostic poem using the Hebrew Alphabet and an individual song of thanksgiving to God.

In teaching Bible study this week, I wondered aloud, "What acrostic poem of thanksgiving would you write?" So here is one try using my own name:

C - Come celebrate God with me!
H - Hear what God has done.
R - Rejoice in God's deliverance, for God has come to save!
I - I have seen the goodness of God; I have felt delight in the presence of the Divine.
S - Savor with me the goodness of God. Taste and see how good God is.

D - Did not our God promise to be with us always?
E - Everyday I lift up my voice in praise, in times of joy and in sadness, I raise my voice to you, God.
N - Never are you far from me; indeed, you are closer than my next breath or heart beat.
N - Now and always, I will praise you. I will speak of your good deeds in the congregation of the faithful.
Y - Yes, I will proclaim your love together with all generations! Alleluia! Amen.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

I am sorry.

Loving Father,
all the fancy words
in the world,
expressed in eloquent prose,
decorated with emotion,
spoken with conviction,
cannot compete with a heartfelt
'I am sorry.'
when all other words fail.

There are times
when we are all too aware
of our limitations,
conscious of sin
and the distance it creates between us.
Sometimes 'sorry'
is all the heart can bear to say aloud.

It is only you
who can read and understand
the language of our hearts.
Only you who can translate our 'sorry'
into the prayer we would have prayed
if we had the words within us.

Then you forgive,
and having forgiven,
surround us in an embrace of love,
drawing us close to your heart
as it was always meant to be.

Thank you, Loving Father,
that you listen to hearts
as well as voices.
Thank you.

The above prayer adapted and shared from: