Saturday, October 07, 2006
psalm for a friend, psalm for friends
Went to Ryan's
this past evening to meet with several other people to talk, pray for, and think of tangible ways we can support our mutual friend who's been fighting cancer
While meeting with a group of people to pray on a Friday night might not sound like a fun thing to do, I'm glad I went. I really can't think of anything better than prayer to deal with the circumstances as they are now... to come together as a group of spiritual brothers and sisters, unashamed in laying all of our sadness, grief, pain, confusion, and yes, even our anger and disappointment, before God over the thought that our friend may be taken from us. All of us are still dealing with things in different ways, but there definitely was a sense of comfort given by the act of praying together as a group.
Afterwards, I came home, and couldn't sleep, so I ended up just reading... my eyes ended up reading this:
In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Free me from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
I trust in the LORD.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not handed me over to the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.
Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and my body with grief.
My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.
But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from my enemies
and from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,
for I have cried out to you;
Love the LORD, all his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful,
but the proud he pays back in full.
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.
-Psalm chapter 31, verses 1-10, 14-16, 23-24
1. The act or an instance of inscribing.
2. Something, such as the wording on a coin, medal, monument, or seal, that is inscribed.
3. A short, signed message in a book or on a photograph given as a gift.
4. The usually informal dedication of an artistic work.
5. Jeremiah 31:33
name. Gar AKA "that Chinese guy"
ethnicity/nationality. Chinese/American, 4th gen.
location. Sea-Town, WA, USA
less-cynical poor grad student
age. younger than you think, older than you know