The Road through Suffering – 2/7
In our journeys with God there comes a time (or times) when the first verses of Psalm 22 seem to be violently appropriate. “
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me!!” (NRSV)
And we remain in that pit of despair, in darkness, with nowhere to go.
And yet, the Psalm continues, following that road of despair through its stages to somehow gain a larger perspective and find a way through
which does not end in the final death of all we love, but resounds in the light of all God is, has been and will be in and through even this most difficult, impossible road.
This is my paraphrase of Psalm 22 as it winds it’s way from utter despair into the very presence of God With Us.
The Road Through Suffering
Into the Kingdom Promise
why have you forsaken me?
You are enthroned on the praises of the people of God
But I am despised
scorned, mocked, dismissed
Your Word thrown back at me
Come Close to me
trouble surrounds me
I feel like shit
poured out, disjointed, melted, dried up, a smashed pot, dust, surrounded, wasted away
They stare and gloat
and take all I have left
But You God, come close to me
deliver me, come close, save me
I will say …
“You who fear the Lord, Listen!
Stand in Awe of the Word Made Flesh”
For God does not despise
Yahlway does not hide Yahl’s face
but hears my cries
lets me pay my vows
feeds the poor
All will turn to the Lord
remember, turn and worship
Because the Lord
rules over all and all bow down
my life is the Lord’s
generations will be told
and proclaim his deliverance to those to come:
Yahlway has done it
Yahlway has done it indeed
2/7/18 – Wednesday