From Humidity to Humility – Mulled Psalm 16

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Fifteen assorted people/ from a DC church/ live together for a week/ in a Jersey church.

Forming worksite service teams/ each day they labor/ indoors and out/ rebuilding superstorm ravaged homes.

Conversations arise,/ community happens/ around tables, in cars/ and at odd moments.

Spirit, hover close:/ keep us under cover, Master./ Our work is worthless/ without Your leading. Your Counsel lights our night musings.

High View – Mulled Psalm 15

How to keep focus on You,
knowing You focus on us,
Magnificent Creator?
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One asks the birds each morning;
two encourage each other,
transparent, without mean streaks;
three discern Your new invite.
Roomfuls treasure Love’s presence.

Great Spirit, who is welcome in Your
Secret Place? Who is at home there?
These humble, brave souls cannot be
swayed by vileness or violence.
What a beautiful, solid life!

Love Dances Forth – Mulled Psalm 14

Sarcastic cynics, we delete
your expletives. Godless, heartless
exploiters, earth-wreckers, get lost!
Though crooks bulldoze poor people’s dreams
God’s Live Word resurrects vision,
spurs action toward Earth’s renewal!
Let the festive singing begin.

Love dances forth, Partners Worldwide,
A Rocha International:
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one movement leads to another.
Old becomes new: joyous, gentle,
generous Genesis Love streams
patient, faithful, Holy Love through
history with passion-powered Peace-
making Love from prophet poets.
Glorious, Gracious Gospel Love
inspires our ever-growing Life.

Through Tears – Mulled Psalm 13

How many more rapes,
molestations, violations?!
How much more hate, anger,
revenge, abuse, violence?!

No way we can pray it away.
Healer, Unifier, Reconciler,
we can’t conjure You up, need to see You!
Where are You, Love?
When will every eye see You?

Through tears we start to realize Your Peace,
in smiles visualize Your Joy.
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Mercy, God, how much longer?
When, if ever, will we see You?
Yet we trust Your loving power,
divine, ever-close Friend.

The Password is Love – Mulled Psalm 12

Everywhere in all times wordy rivals
erect towers of deceitful babble.
Money masks petty parasites. Spiteful
debaters pitch hot air campaign balloons.

Everyone’s words are empty–
bloated untruths, glazed with sweet talk.
Your Word gleams like sun on ice,
pure as baby’s first teardrop.

God, welcome us to Your deep breath silence
where Your vibrant Love Word will render us
immune to venom, healed to heal others
with gently voiced words that spark kind actions.

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Peace for Today – Mulled Psalm 11

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In murky mind tunnels death wishes lurk,
taunting: you blew it; you will never learn;
your words and work are worthless; you’ll never find
your child self and always regret the mess
you made of adulthood and parenting.

Yet outdoors in hushed heart rooms songs echo:
no more suicide or homicide threats;
being human we are in communion
definitely with all other humans,
infinitely with You, One in Three.

Yes, Love, You transform ego to we grow.
We are safe here with You, God.
Why this fearful urge to flee?
God, You are good. You love justice.
You will guide us to face Your Love.

Reality Check – Mulled Psalm 10

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Far from You we lack Your eyes, Your heart.
Insulated from suffering, distant,
unrelated, we reduce twenty
eight million children to abstract stats
though one face, one urgent stare haunts us:
loss of innocence, loss of family;
lost heart, lost mind, lost identity.
Yet You know her inside out, love him
with life resurrecting energy.
All-seeing One, You see the suffering!
Weigh each groan and teardrop, for victims
depend on You. Break evildoers’
power; call them to account. Divine
Judge, You rule the Universe in Peace.
Loving God, You draw close to those who
yearn for shelter, water, food, freedom.
Draw us close too. Focus us in Love.

Prayer in Solidarity – Mulled Psalm 9

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On the edge again, God we are weary
sick to death hearing of abductions, rape,
child soldiers, child slaves, sex slaves. We give up,
overwhelmed by news from slums, camps, shanty
towns, barrios, dumps. Aghast, we turn from
diseased, starving, homeless, tortured people.

Yes, we know there are good people working:
IJM, World Renew, World Relief, World
Vision, Peace Corps, Mercy Corps, and more who
rescue, restore, mediate, advocate,
teach, heal, partner, empower for Love’s sake.
But destruction and corruption persist.

All our prayers and donations can never
quench tears for squandered years, scattered families,
waste, vanity, gluttony, lust or fear.
Jesus, we yearn to come alive in Your
legendary compassion every day.

God, look on us today in Your Mercy;
draw us from the panicked brink of despair.
You never forget one needy person
but offer Hope to each soul that suffers.
May we freely publicize Your Kindness,
thriving in Your Ever-Living Power.