During a recent time of reflection on retreat, I wrote the following psalm:
Creator God, ruler of the universe -
along the shores of life,
I seek your presence
I long for the light
of your campfire in the darkness.
Around every bend in the river
The rapids have often overtaken me -
breathless I find myself on the other side.
Are you aware of my journey?
Are you aware there are days
when the sun beats down upon me
and I desire shade and a place of rest?
My friends taunt me from the shore -
waving banners and cheering
unaware of where I've been
or where I'm going.
When the river consumes me
and beats me against the rocks -
Will you be there?
River maker -
bring calm to the waters ahead.
And when I face the rapids
help me to see you on the other side.
Help me to remember when you tossed me a line
and pulled me to shore
and I found rest in you.
Creator God - ruler of the universe -
You are my guide and comfort,
in you I find peace and rest.
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand."
- Henri J. M. Nouwen