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Living Psalm 119 - Pentecost 14 A

Living Psalms Book

Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities and those acting in solidarity with them.


Living Psalm 119: 33-40—Pentecost 14 A

(Prayer of one who never made it to the beach, this Covid-19 Summer)


O Holy One, I plunge into your Law
as into the ocean on a late summer’s day;
          your currents lap and my muscles relax;
          your waters soak through me, my soul is refreshed.
          I let go of the sea floor and float weightless in grace;
          I ride waves of your vision,
                   and land on a new shore.


O Holy One, plunge me deep into your Law
as into your dream of goodness;
           Immerse me in that vision of abundant life.
           Soak my heart and fill it in love;
           Drown my eyes in sorrow then clear them for justice;
           Tune my ears to winds carrying cries of suffering
           and let my voice respond in truth;
           Help me let go my fear and trust your buoyant grace;
           Send me where you need me to be,
                    to labor with you to make all things new.


Living Psalm 119,   for Pentecost 14 A, was written by Susan A. Blain.

Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community. 

Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and  thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

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