The Lectionary Text for today includes the Shepherd’s Psalm (Psalm 23). I am singing and playing on the worship team at my church tonight and we’ll be singing the House of God Forever by Jon Foreman (video below). Here is a prayer based on this season and the Psalm (the prayer is my own and you shouldn’t blame Jon Foreman for it).
Death’s Dark Valley–
If we doubted that’s where we were,
this week’s events have shown us.
We mourn for those in Boston,
for West Texas,
for Syria and other war-torn places,
for the suffering of those we know and love.
We mourn and ask, “How long?”
We wonder where you are.
lead us to quiet waters,
Bring us to green pastures,
restore us and make us whole.
May we know your presence with us
here in Death’s Dark Valley.
Guide our steps and keep us from wandering.
Prepare Your Table for us
though we are surrounded by enemies
We long to taste your goodness and mercy.
May we dwell in your house forever.