Deborah Beach Giordano
© August 14, 2017
Psalm 90 ~ interpreted by Deborah
in You we live and move and have our being.
Before the mountains arose,
before the seas brought forth life,
from everlasting to everlasting, You are.
When we die, You return our bodies to dust,
saying, “Have some perspective, you mortals.”
For You a thousand years pass in the blink of an eye,
or like a night of sleeping.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
like poppies that bloom in the morning, full of life and color;
in the evening their heads droop and their petals are scattered.
Laying claim to Your authority,
we have placed ourselves in the Judgment Seat,
disregarding the demands of mercy and compassion.
Our uncontrolled aggression rises up against us;
its horrifying visage stares us in the face.
Our boundless hatred and unending desire for revenge
we are consumed by our anger.
You have made plain to us all the evils we have done;
no secret can be hidden from Your Light.
We are destroying ourselves with our rage,
filling our lives with sorrow and sighing.
We may live seventy years or so,
perhaps eighty, if our health endures;
even then these are soon over.
How can we be so foolish as to waste them?
Who considers the strength of anger?
Wrath can kill and destroy;
its deathly power contaminating all it touches.
Teach us that our time here is short,
so we may dedicate ourselves
to loving and serving You.
Turn our hearts, O Gracious One!
How long must this continue?
Have compassion on Your children!
Let us find contentment each day in Your faithful love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our lives.
May we live in peace
for as many days as we have dwelled in anger;
may our world be alight with compassion
for as many years as it has burned with hate.
Let Your love show forth in our lives,
and its glorious power upon generations to come.
Strengthen us, O Holy Beloved,
that we remain faithful to the task which lies ahead,
and let our work be a success
— O let our work be a success!
Virtual hugs and real-time blessings,
Suggested Spiritual Exercise
Reflect on this Scripture passage:
You’ve been told, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to act justly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8