Jul 3, 2013

Prayer: Psalm 85

Here’s a prayer inspired by Psalm 85.  It was written by Nan C. Merrill in Psalms for Praying.

(inspired by Psalm 85)

Beloved, how gracious You are to your people;
You restore their souls time and time again.
You forgive their distractions
when they wander far from You;
You give them new life.

Yes, You bless them and raise up new hope;
You awaken their hearts to love.

Restore us again, O Spirit of Truth;
burn us with the refining Fire of Love!
We cannot live separated from You;
cast out the demons of fear, doubt, and illusion.
Revive us again, we pray; may your people rejoice in You!
Have compassion on your people, O Holy One,
and grant us your forgiveness.

Listen, O People, in the silent Chapel of your heart;
and the Beloved will speak of peace to you,
to the hidden saints, to all who turn their hearts to Love.
Surely new life is at hand for those who reverence Love;
O, that harmony might dwell among the nations.

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will embrace one another.
Wisdom will spring up from the ground
and truth will look down from the sky.
Yes, the Eternal Giver will grant what is good,
and the lands will yield abundantly.
Mercy and compassion are Love’s way;
You will guide our footsteps upon the path of peace
as we recognize with open hearts that You are our peace.

~ Nan C. Merrill, in Psalms for  Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness.  Posted on First Lutheran website. http://www.firstlutheran.com/sites/default/files/file-uploads/0715%20Devotional.pdf