In this time of uncertainty, when things change so quickly and we are inundated with coronavirus-focused words, I’d like to offer something a little different, something prayerful, words that can take us through anxiety and fear and into moments of peace.
A friend in London texted me this YouTube link: Wish you blessings to meet the need, dearest Judith. I play this many a time. I love the words.
God of Day and God of Darkness
God of day and God of darkness,
now we stand before the night.
As the shadows stretch and deepen,
come and make our darkness bright.
All creation still is groaning
for the dawning of your might.
When the Sun of peace and justice
fills the earth with radiant light.
Still the nations curse the darkness,
still the rich oppress the poor.
Still the earth is bruised and broken
by the ones who still want more.
Come and wake us from our sleeping,
so our hearts cannot ignore
all your people lost and broken,
all your children at our door.
Show us Christ in one another.
Make us servants strong and true.
Give us all your love of justice,
so we do what you would do.
Let us call all people holy.
Let us pledge our lives anew.
Make us one with all the lowly.
Let us all be one in you.
You shall be the path that guides us;
you the light that in us burns.
Shining deep within all people,
yours the love that we must learn.
For our hearts shall wander restless
’til they safe to you return.
Finding you in one another,
we shall all your face discern.
Text: Marty Haugen (1985)
Tune: BEACH SPRING 87.87D (Sacred Harp, 1844)
American poet Mary Oliver said that “the edges of our lives–fully experienced suffered, and enjoyed–lead us back to the centre and the essence, which is God.” Which partly explains why I’m calling this page, and other posts to follow, Inside the Edge. Consider sharing them with others who might appreciate something life-giving.
God be with you on whatever edge you and yours are right now.
Judith Scully (firstname.lastname@example.org)