Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Let Us Turn To God in Lament and in Hope

Let us turn our hearts and minds today to our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are suffering immeasurably. I just made a donation through Catholic Relief Services. Please consider doing the same. You can access their donation page here.

At times like this, I find the psalms to be a source of two things. First of all, they help me cry out in lament and anguish to God. Secondly, they offer the kind of hope that comes only from God. Please join me in praying this sections of the Sixth Psalm.

Have pity on me, Lord, for I am weak;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are trembling.
In utter terror is my soul—and you, Lord, how long . . . ?
Turn, Lord, save my life; in your mercy rescue me.
For who among the dead remembers you?
Who praises you in Sheol?
I am wearied with sighing;
all night long tears drench my bed;
my couch is soaked with weeping.
My eyes are dimmed with sorrow,
worn out because of all my foes.
Away from me, all who do evil!
The Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my prayer;
The Lord takes up my plea.

Eternal rest grant into those who have died. May the healing Christ touch those who are suffering in mind, body, and spirit.

In anguish, despair, and hope, gotta sing and gotta pray.

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