Here’s another paraphrase of Psalm
, written by Christine Frye, author of Through the Darkness. 2 3
“I long for green pastures”
Your people are an Easter people.
But I am not an Easter person;
I cannot rejoice in the miracle of new life.
Lord, I know there must be valleys,
but mine reach down to hell.
Each time I climb to a mountaintop
I dread the valley on the other side.
Fearing the valley,
I cannot celebrate the mountaintop.
I long for fertile plans,
green pastures where I can catch my breath,
where I can rest my spirit,
where I can renew my resources,
before I must face the next mountain,
and the next valley.
Lord, I long to celebrate life,
I long to trust you more.
Forgive me for not living the life you gave me;
and give me courage to keep on trying.
— Christine Frye,
published by Wood Lake Books.
For more paraphrases of Psalm
, 2 3
click on Psalm
in the list of “Labels” 2 3
at the lower right side of the page.
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(the fourth Sunday of Easter),
click on Easter
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