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Living Psalm 15 - Epiphany 4

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 15: 1-5
Fourth Sunday of Epiphany, Year A


The thing about tents, God,
is that I cannot get them set up --
I just end up sitting there
in this hot mess of canvas and stakes
which is soon a rainy mess
and a muddy mess and a cold mess.

And I am better
thinking about uphill hikes,
than planning the right boots
the food I need,
and how to breathe
when I reach that elevation.

But you call me to a life
of one boot in front of another,

one word of truth
from the honesty in my center,

one silence
where I might speak
words of hurt or hate,
a careless joke or maybe-truth,

one risky stand,

one using my money -- all of it --
in making a holy campsite
where all the world
may gather warm at the fire

and someone, someone
will teach me to pitch a tent.

Prayer from Living Psalm 15: 1-5 for Epiphany 4 was written by Maren Tirabassi.

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.  Maren Tirabassi, editor

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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