Back in the city the group members realized how our contemporary psalms could encompass our encounters in corporate life, with dishonest landlords, street people, traffic, and national/political life. Our psalms could help us mourn the death of a friend from AIDS, pray for the bad-tempered bus driver, rage at an unfair job loss, express our fears, and call on God to redress the oppression of those who suffer.
—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)
When have you taken time to express grief through poetry or other writing? Join the conversation.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
—Psalm 118:28-29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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