Like a mother hen, You shelter them from temptations of the world; You hold them safe under your wings from the enemy…fear.

A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 29 from Nan Merrill’s book Psalms for Praying

Experience stillness and in the quiet hear what God is offering from these rich and hope-filled words.

In You, Beloved, I would make my home;

Though, I be humiliated with guilt,

Your mercy and forgiveness will

deliver me!

Hear me and hasten to my assistance!

For You are my strength and have the power

To raise me up!

Yes, You are strength and truth to me;

You are my teacher, my guide;

the Fore of your abiding Love

cleanses my heart;

Loosen the webs that entangle me,

that veil my love for You.

Into your Heart I commend my soul.

You have redeemed me, O Love,

O ever Faithful One.

Those who put their focus and trust

in false idols

separate themselves from You, O Love,

Though You have seen my guilt

and have noted my wrongdoings,

You have not left me alone with my fears;

Rather, You have forgiven my folly

And set my feet on Love’s path.

My heartfelt gratitude knows no bounds,

O Gracious Mender of Souls!

Be a comfort to me, Beloved, for I am 

in distress;

my eyes are dim from weeping,

my soul is deep with grief.

For my life is worn away with sorrow,

and my years with sighing;

My body has weakened and my bones 

waste away with misery.

All my fears rise up to mock me,

my neighbours turn away,

My fronds dread to see me and

flee from my sickness of soul.

My mind, too, has left me

like one who is dead;

I have become like a broken vessel.

Yes, I hear the voices around me

whispering of my plight – 

fears rise up on every side!

Isolation, rejection, fear surround me

and conspire to overwhelm me.

Still, I trust in You, O Beloved,

I repeat, “You are my Life.”

My life is in your hands;

deliver me from the fears which

separate me!

Let your face shine on me;

hold me in your steadfast love!

Let me know your forgiveness.

O Love

for I call upon you;

let my fears be cast out,

Let them be transformed.

Let me speak only truth, Beloved,

that I might live with integrity,

offering my work and praise to You.

O, how abundant is your goodness,

which is ever-present to those

who reverence You,

and available to all who make 

Your Heart their home,

openly for all to see!

Like a mother hen, You shelter them

from temptations of the world;

You hold them safe under your wings

from the enemy…fear.

Blessed be the eternal Beloved,

who wondrously showered me

with steadfast Love

when I was overwhelmed 

By fear.

I had cried out, “Where are You?

Have you let me alone forever?”

You heard my fear-filled pleas

And enveloped me in Love.

Listen in the silence, all you saints!

For Wisdom makes her home there. 

The Beloved upholds the faith-filled,

those who embrace goodness

and walk in the Light.

Those who choose to remain in illusion

separate themselves from truth

and know not Love.

Be strong, let your heart take courage

and be encouraged,

all you who would serve

with Love

in the Oneness of Light. 

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