God’s Eternal Presence

God’s Eternal Presence

inspired by Psalm 46
Deborah Beach Giordano
© November 28, 2010

God is our refuge
and our strength,
a very present help
in times of trouble.

And so we
will not be afraid,
no matter what happens:
earthquake or flood,
tidal waves, torrential rains
hurricanes,
or volcanoes,
we will remain
at peace –

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s.

God is our sanctuary
and our Sustainer,
the One we can rely on
in good times
and in bad;
in health
and in sickness;
in life
and in death –

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s.

God is in the midst
of the city,
in the midst
of the field,
in the midst
of the forest,
in the midst
of the desert,
in the midst
of the ocean;
wherever we are,
God is –

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s.

In the stillness
of the silent night,
in the chaos
of the raging battle,
in peals of laughter,
in shouts of anger,
in sobs of grief,
God is there –

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s.

God help us
to remember
Your eternal,
unstinting
Love;
calm our fears,
ease our minds,
infuse our souls
with hope
and understanding

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s.

Fill our hearts,
O Merciful One,
with Your
surpassing peace,
that our lives
will be serene,
our decisions
unhurried,
our courage
unshakable,
our faith
secure;
convinced that

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s.

The Lord of hosts
is with us;
the Eternal One
is our refuge
and our strength,
our redeemer
and our friend

whether we live
or die
we are the Lord’s –

Thanks be to God!

Amen.

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