Jun 18, 2014

Litany of Lament: Psalm 13

Here’s a litany of lament inspired by Psalm 13.  It was written by Joan DeVries.  With the exception of the bold lines at the beginning and end (read by all readers), each line is meant to be read by a different voice.

Litany of Lament:
How Long, O Lord?
(inspired by Psalm 13)

How long, O Lord?

How long before I am free from this pain?

How long will mere children become soldiers?

How long before governments rule justly?

How long must I feel like a lone voice against injustice?

Why must there be so much strife in my family?
Why must my friend suffer so?

How long before our children turn to you?

How long will AIDS ravage Africa?

How long must I live with this guilt and shame?
How long before fewer children die each day?

When will cancer die?

How long must women be made into sexual objects?

How long before the world is suicide-free?

(slowly) When will the church finally be all it can be?

(slowly) How long before peace and joy rule in every heart?

(strongly) How long, O Lord?

~ written by Joan DeVries, and posted on Reformed Worship. http://www.reformedworship.org/article/june-2012/shaped-psalm