Year A - Pentecost +5 or Community Practice 5
July 13, 2014
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Hearing echoes of past mercy, experiencing opportunities to pass it on, and anticipating a more expansive mercy than can currently be lived, are seeds promising abundant growth far beyond the limits of this day.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances.
I see the wisdom of and confirm the process of sowing seeds of steadfast love regardless of how they are received. This is a helpful guide to life.
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word.
In this process I am grieved that it is a process and not a guaranteed technique leading to ease. For now this reminder leads me back to engaging life with a gentler hand.
Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your ordinances.
I am also grateful for a reminder of a larger perspective that pulls me toward a healthier relationship with difficulties.
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
I am ready to dive deeper into the contingencies of life as a remembrance of a yet better way to come shapes and reshapes current boundaries.
The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
There is a strange and curious attractant that requires clear discernment to wend one’s way through the snares of those who will never love us and yet are those whom we should love.*
Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.
No matter how I try to wiggle out of it, the sowing process is real. Better joy in the heart of reality than certainty in a land of speculation.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
And so I commit myself, once again, to a creative impetus that knows no end but a continual investment in life.
* “Forgiveness” by Susan Werner on her CD Gospel Truth