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Psalm 55 (The Message)

1-3 Open your ears, God, to my prayer; don’t faux you don’t pay attention me knocking.
Come shut and whisper your solution. I truly want you.
I shudder on the imply voice, quail ahead of the evil eye,
As they pile at the guilt, stockpile indignant slander.

4-8 My insides are became within out; specters of loss of life have me down.
I shake with concern, I shudder from head to foot.
“Who will give me wings,” I ask—“wings like a dove?”
Get me out of right here on dove wings;
    I would like some peace and quiet.
I need a stroll within the nation,
    I need a cabin within the woods.
I’m determined for a transformation
    from rage and stormy climate.

What is going on round me? What is going on is so out of regulate, or a minimum of it’s out of ‘my regulate’. Do you are feeling just like the creator of those verses within the Psalm? Perhaps you are feeling as though whilst you pray it’s not anything greater than phrases into empty house. Perhaps you are feeling as if in case you have been alienated – from circle of relatives, buddies, neighbors, church circle of relatives, and so on. over the last 19 or so months. It will were on account of COVID restrictions. It can be on account of commute restrictions or limits. It can be on account of misunderstandings and/or disagreements. Regardless of the explanation why(s), regardless of the purpose for the exchange(s) you are feeling and/or are experiencing, they’re actual to you even though they don’t seem to be to be understood, stated, or identified via others round you. 

On this Psalm, I to find it attention-grabbing that the creator asks to have wings to escape from the location he’s dealing with. However no longer most effective does he ask for wings, he particularly asks for the wings of a dove. A dove is an emblem of peace.

via June Friesen

I’ve beloved doves since I used to be a kid. I most probably truly fell in love with a couple that selected to construct a nest that used to be at my eye stage when I used to be about 13 years previous. The pine tree they selected used to be at the trail within the nation to our mailbox. Since I used to be ceaselessly requested to head and get the mail, I had the chance to look at this pair over a number of years. The nest used to be relatively flimsy it gave the impression to me and I puzzled at how it would/would cling the eggs. But it by no means failed and once a year (doves ceaselessly go back to the similar nest) this pair of doves raised a circle of relatives there. I used to be privileged to look the eggs arrive separately. I used to be privileged to look them hatch separately after which develop from fuzz to feathers… and sooner or later, take to the air. It used to be this sort of miracle to look at – and once I bring to mind God’s Spirit as being very similar to a dove this reminiscence comforts me even nowadays. 

I would possibly really feel that the arena is relatively a coarse position to reside. In truth, there are occasions once I really feel that manner and I believe and even concern my religion in God is relatively flimsy and I wonder whether it’ll fail to carry me. It’s then that I will be able to bring to mind this situation of the nest – it’s all about believe. Can I or will I put my believe in God, even though it kind of feels flimsy at perfect, and go away the remainder as much as God? Will I stay my believe in God safe even if my believe struggles right here the place I to find myself on earth? Sure, existence has been became the other way up needless to say over the last 12 months and a part. Just lately I got here throughout this writing from six years in the past. I don’t keep in mind what used to be occurring in my existence on the time however the phrases say precisely how I’ve felt and nonetheless really feel now and then not too long ago. Perhaps you’ll relate:


I will not proportion with you – 
I will not solution you – 
I will not perceive this thriller – 
I will not to find the phrases to talk – 
I will not consider that is fact – 
I will not discuss – most effective silence comes.
I ponder the place existence went unsuitable – 
I ponder when God went into hiding – 
I ponder how you can stroll via such a lot loss – 
I ponder on the depth of this ache – 
I ponder when the nightmare will finish, if ever – 
I ponder the place actual residing starts and the place it ends.
God – infrequently within the struggles it kind of feels you might be so quiet,
From time to time it kind of feels each and every cloud brings some other typhoon,
From time to time it kind of feels as though each and every particular person is an enemy,
From time to time it kind of feels that the hope promised is out of succeed in,
From time to time existence is the rest however what one used to be promised when more youthful,
From time to time, God, one simply has to marvel and contemplate and……
God – is it ok that I sit down with you quietly too?
I haven’t any phrases so I’m simply going to ‘be’ for your presence,
I simply harm such a lot I do know no longer what to mention to you or someone else for that subject.
I simply wish to ‘be’ and replicate on all that used to be and all this is now – 
Thanks, God, to your silent presence.
Thanks, buddies, to your silent presence – God is right here.

(Friesen 2015)

God is right here…….thanks God for being right here…….lend a hand me to stay right here with You God even within the silence. Amen.

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