Psalm 91

“Those who dwell in the shelter of Infinite Light, who abide in the wings of Infinite Love, Will raise their voices in praise:

“My refuge and my strength; in you alone will I trust.”  For you deliver me from the webs of fear, from all that separates and divides; You protect me as an eagle shields it’s young, Your faithfulness is sure, like an arrow set upon the mark.

I will not fear the shadows of the night, nor the confusion that comes by day, Nor the dreams that awaken me from sleep, nor the changes that life brings.

Though a thousand may deride this radical trust, ten thousand laugh as I seek to do your Will, yet will I surrender myself to You, abandoning myself into your Hands without reserve.

For you have sent your angels to watch over me, to guide me in all my ways.  On their hands, they will bear me up, lest I dash my foot against a stone.

Though I walk among those who roar like the lion, or are as stealthy as the adder, in your strength will I be saved.

Because you cleave to me in love, I will deliver you; I will protect you who call upon my Name.  When you call to Me, I will answer you; I will be with you in times of trouble, I will rescue you and reverence your life.

All through the years, will I dwell in your heart, as Loving Companion Presence, forever.”

Psalms For Praying  By Nan C. Merrill

My family blesses me every day with their presence.  My God’s Grace, family blesses me with its presence. They have my back when things get tough and I rarely have to look back to see if they are there.  Even with the best of intentions, we sometimes can let one another down.  The love we have for one another gets us through these times though, and forgiveness is a gift God has blessed us with.

Sometimes, the homes where we learn about love are not very loving.  The Psalm above assures me of a loving compassionate God who wants me to come to him with all that is in me, my ego, prejudices, fears, all my flaws. He wants me to talk to him and tell him whatever I want.  Anything we say to God is what God wants to hear. Who else can we be so totally honest with?  Who else can consistently, patiently, be with us sharing the hard stuff?

Jesus, Thank you for making a way for me to come into my Father’s presence.  My prayer this Lent is that I might be more deliberate with the hours in my day.  Your rhythm and love flows around and through, all life and all of your creation.  Teach me to be loving in all the ordinary events of my life.  I need your guidance and continuing help to walk me through this day.  Lord, you are our peace and hope for this world. Amen

Lois Autterson

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