Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

When this world is too much,
And when it’s not nearly enough.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

When the cries of your babies ring out in my ears.
When the blood of your children runs down our fancy streets.
When the hearts of your beloveds sit idly, just watching. (Again)

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

As I cough on this news and choke on this poisoned air.
As I turn for a drink but swallow only contaminated water.
As I look for a friend but am greeted and “welcomed” with hate speech and fear-filled rage.

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

As I lay down my head to consider and rest.
As I rise again to help TEAR DOWN THESE SYSTEMS OF OPPRESSION
As I look as far as I can, down this road of justice you’ve laid for us to walk (and work)
and still can’t find my footing…

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Lord, your children weep.
Lord, your dear ones are rejected.
Lord, they’re killing your babies.
And I don’t know what to do. None of us do. We can’t seem to stop them.
(We can’t seem to stop us.)

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Today, tonight, tomorrow, and always.
Find some small way, some tiny opening, some worn-out, barely-clung-to-still hope.
And build. Grow. Stir Up.
Secretly. Sneakily. Among us and within us and around us and through us.
Despite us.
Linger and climb and pour out all over.

Your refuge. Your welcome. Your love. Your courage. Your hope.
(’cause it needs to be more than ours. It needs to be more than we can do. It’s got to be YOU.)

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Protect us, O God, and bring your refuge here.

Amen.

 

*Inspired by Psalm 16, the evening psalm from today’s daily lectionary texts. The repeated line is Psalm 16:1. 


Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. She blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.


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