Our hearts hear trillions of angels
praise You in heaven song language.
We humans, creatures of Your Earth,
quake in Your presence, Thunder Voice.
You expose shameful presumptions:
the doctrine of discovery;
manifest destiny; natives
enslaved, plundered, decimated.
Holy Judge, You bellow in fires;
You roar with falling sequoias.
We cringe at lightning strikes and cry
torrents for torrential rains.
Grateful for carbon-absorbing,
in awe of Your waterfall or
ocean wave voice, we kneel transfixed.
Come soon to preside, Peace-Giver;
empower humble Earth-keepers.
Massive unseen One, are You there?
Ears of God, are You open?
How can a mother, father, sister,
brother thrive without a word from You?
Help! Eyes of God, see anguished faces
straining toward Your Holy Presence
while haters drag us from sweet dream
confabs to bomb cycle venom.
Judge God, feed them their own toxic mix;
indict those who incite violence.
We trust Your promise to destroy
Your Creation’s destroyers.
Thank You for signs of answered prayers:
drilling halted; killings prevented.
Body Guard, Spirit Guide, You gather,
protect, defend us within, without.
Transfigured with joy, we fly
with refugees to church families.
Borne by Your all-embracing Love,
our hearts soar in Weapon Free Land.
Courageous Love enlightens us:
Clear Peace deflects all distractions;
we’re deaf to fear-based rhetoric,
delighting in Heart Energy.
Though thousands are fired up for war
we refuse terror’s temptations.
Secure in Love’s Refuge, we gaze
enthralled at New Reign’s brilliant dawn.
No more daylight wasting time dread:
in confident community
Soul Strength nurtures bright ideas,
beaming Jesus’ Spirit Power.
God’s Light heals with yoga stretches,
piano hymns, writing rhythms.
Lighthearted we dance on outdoor
treasure hunts, clued by live word-lights.
We seek; we wait; we pray. We find
new facets of Heavenly Joy
reflected from Pure Wisdom’s face,
transmitting hope-propelled patience.
God, please purify our mixed motives.
See our yearning hearts with Your Love Eyes;
assure us we can, we will come clean,
away from know-it-all pretense and
free of money-rules-all enticements.
Read our dreams, even those night visions
on time-and-space borders where somehow
we can express our overwhelming
desire to love You in each other.
May we follow Your emissary
in Love’s joyful, peacemaking mission,
overcoming all evil with good.
How many more thousand-year-days till
falsehood is gone and Truth shines in Love?
Christ, this is Your Bride writing,
the Worldwide Body You call Beloved.
Royal Guide, with You we walk tall.
Keep us confident in You,
united and loyal in Your service.
We have been maligned, consigned to fringes.
Our eyes are lowered in disgrace.
We hide inside, behind the times,
hunched over books, huddled around screens,
discussing veils and disguises.
Please erase our regretful records;
lift our hopes; steady our heartbeats.
Jesus, we need You to take the lead:
Soul Sun, shine on wallflowers;
bring drooping violets to Your Love Light.
There we will dance with blind fools,
addicts, all who admit being lost.
You will escort us along
Your New Life Paths to households
where asylum seekers are welcome.
Life Love, You rule from micro to macro:
unseen You move all molecules; hidden
You welcome all humans to Wisdom’s Way.
Pre-eminent One, we saw Your Power
destroy fear, money, sex and fame demons
from a God-looking woman’s prayer closet.
Death Deactivator, we see Your Joy
jump rope with rainbows, dance with heart flowers,
open the door to Shalom’s Wonderland.
Thanks to our pastor, Meg Jenista, for the assignment of rephrasing this Psalm
to reflect our individual vocations. I continue my practice of moving from I to we.
Jesus, You are our Master Poet.
We will not lack for good words.
You bring us to mountainside meadows
and lakeside forests on silent retreats.
You revive our creativity
and direct our thought trains on Love Tracks.
Oh God, You steer us clear of every
writer’s block, out of doldrums’ vacuum.
Our stanzas flow fearlessly,
sustained by Your constant Lovestream,
steady in Your story arc.
You select nutritious menus for us
from imagination’s harvest.
We feast on Your Wondrous Words,
undaunted by rivals or critics.
Your brilliant vision illumines us;
people everywhere welcome our poems.
By Your merciful grace, their value
will ever increase, and I will be
at home with You, Peace-making Poet.
Triple-proof Love, why let more children die?
Jesus, why do You keep on being
tortured to death in refugee lives?
How can an anguished family song
sung through razor wire or sea water
ever end in authentic hope?
Convulsed with Your Holy Compassion
we wail for bombed towns and people
displaced, betrayed, swindled by smugglers.
Oh God, Love, don’t leave us to smugness,
blindness to our own thoughtless, loveless deeds.
Open our hearts to welcome the stranger.
Love of all loves, let everyone know You:
then all children will live Your Joy Story.
Into Your hands we commend our Spirits.
Love Power, take charge. Resound
in every room and corridor today.
Pure Love, You alone quench our urgent thirst.
You respond promptly to teachers’ pleas,
pastors’ prayers, parents’ appeals
with life-transforming mercy and grace.
Sovereign Love, You validate
devoted, bribe-free public servants.
Supreme Love, You infuse us with Joy.
Your Holy Peace holds us steady
from Sunday to Sunday, persistent,
always patiently resisting
ravagers of Your Creation.
Love Personified, Choreographer
of the New Creation, we worship You!
Weary of warring factions
within, without, we are too
tired, too conflicted to
decide what’s worth doing and
whether any candidate
or cause merits our support.
Yet Your Shalom remains our goal.
Each day’s blessings increase belief:
someone’s always interceding;
angels must be intervening;
close calls with cars yield sweet phone calls
telling miracles of timing.
Fighters falter but Love keeps us
firmly grounded. Hear us, Master:
crown Your servant leaders’ efforts.