Bless the Lord (even in this time)

Bless the Lord, O my soul
And all that is within me, bless God’s holy name
Bless the Lord, O my soul
And forget not God’s character in this time of isolation

For God forgives my iniquities – my selfishness, my forgetfulness, my frustration
And God heals all our diseases – though it may not always look like the healing we thought we needed
God redeems our lives from the pit – from quarantine, from grief, from missed experiences and missed celebrations
God crowns each and every one of us with steadfast love and mercy
And God satisfies us with goodness – through good books and time for walks and cozy blankets and FaceTime –
So that our youth, our freedom, our fullness of living will be renewed like the eagle’s

For even in this time of Lent, this time of social distancing, this time of uncertainty upon uncertainty, God knows how we were made; God remembers that we are dust
So, too, may we remember
As for mortals, our days are like grass
Time is simultaneously passing too quickly and with painstaking slowness
As we change classes and workspaces and living situations and graduations and weddings and hopes and dreams,
We flourish like a flower of the field
For the wind passes over it and it is gone
And its place knows it no more



The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
God’s righteousness is for all children’s children, those who keep covenant and remember the commandment of love
The Lord has established a throne in the heavens and God’s kingdom rules over all
It rules over viruses and separation and life in public and life at home
It rules over hospitals and schools and huge corporations and local businesses
It rules over our grief and our expectation and our worry and our loneliness

Bless the Lord, O you God’s angels
You mighty ones who are leading and struggling and living in this time
Bless the Lord, all hosts of God, ministers that do God’s will
Bless the Lord, all God’s works, in all places of God’s dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.


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