After the walk the group returned to the picnic tables in the meadow where we received a copy of Psalm 104. Our guide asked us to use its structure and write our observations into its pattern. We were not in the mountains of ancient Israel, but we sensed the same holy Presence as the psalmist. We wrote our psalms out of our own experience and gratitude for the order of creation. No wild asses, mountain goats, rock badgers, or whales peopled our psalms, but there were plenty of birds (some of them named), bees, ants, quahogs, and no-see-ums included in our prayer. We celebrated the sun and wind, one another, escape from the city for a few hours, and prayed for a fresh sense of order in our lives when we returned.
—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)
How often do you enjoy taking walks in natural surroundings? Join the conversation.
Lord, you have done so many things!
You made them all so wisely!
The earth is full of your creations!
And then there’s the sea, wide and deep,
with its countless creatures—
living things both small and large.
—Psalm 104:24-25 (CEB)
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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