Living Psalm 119:137-144 – Proper 26
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.
You are Loving, caring, I need that and you meet me where I am. You are always right even though I often do not get it or disagree. You boldly proclaim your life lessons in your righteousness and your faithfulness. Give us the strength to embrace that faithfulness even when we struggle to understand what you are doing or where you are leading us. I am centered in my passion and understanding even as those around me refuse to accept or acknowledge your word. My life has seen and experienced it. Your steadfast love moves me and touches the depths of my soul.
Holy One, I admit that I love the fact that you are you and that I can trust that you always come through even if that means not doing what I want or desire. I feel so small and unworthy, yet I cling to you and will never forget your awesome ability to see all of me. You do not turn your face from me, even I know I do not deserve such compassion, mercy, and grace. Your truth is not manifested solely in words. I see you smile at me, and love is your truth. I make decisions or take actions that lead to my anguish and troubles come to my doorway too many times. But in You I find delight. No judgement, just love and light.
Your Word, love incarnate, grace overflowing, whispers, “You are mine and I love you to the moon and back.” It is that unconditional love and free flowing Spirit of yours that assures me that no matter what, I can thrive and overcome.
Living Psalm for Proper 26C – Psalm 119:137-144 was written by Justo Gonzalez, II.
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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