Longing to be Normal Dust
Psalm 88: 1-12
1 Lord, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.
3 I am overwhelmed with troubles
and my life draws near to death.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am like one without strength.
5 I am set apart with the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
who are cut off from your care.
6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
in the darkest depths.
7 Your wrath lies heavily on me;
you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d]
8 You have taken from me my closest friends
and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
9 my eyes are dim with grief.
I call to you, Lord, every day;
I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
your faithfulness in Destruction[e]?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
Today most people in Scotland are in holiday mode. Perhaps you’re planning to meet up with friends and go for a walk? You might on the other hand be making plans to visit your local DIY store, or you could be planning to cut the grass for the first time this year? In other words life for you is pretty normal. Take a moment to think about people all over the world who long for normal, to be boring, instead of normal being bombing.
Almighty eternal Father
We bring to You all who are confused and alone
Those who have lost friends and family
Children living through the horrors of war
Women and men struggling in the dust of violence to find justice and hope
May your voice, proclaiming liberty and justice,
Be heard in the streets of Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Israel
Give wisdom to decision-makers in Washington and Pyongyang
Enlarge our understanding to acknowledge that all peoples are our neighbours
May all hear the shout from your eternal voice:
“My children you are much more than dust.”
Lord Jesus you are the eternal Son of the Father
We are the dust shaped by your hand
And brought to life by your Spirit
We pray for the forgiveness of our sins
Create with in us a right Spirit
Turn us as individuals away from self pity
And petty quarrels
Help us to forgive others who have wronged us
For we are your children and we are more than dust.
Holy Spirit of grace and gentleness
You have dusted us down for glory
And given us a desire to serve the lonely
We pray for the healing of the sick and rest for the dying
May your presence surround the bereaved
And give new energy to the weary
Revive your church Oh God
And begin with me.