I call to mind the closeness of my Friend; Yes, I remember the joy of the Beloved’s presence
Psalm 77 from Nan Merril’s Psalms for Praying
I cry aloud to You, O Friend,
To the Eternal Listener, that
I might be heard.
In the day of trouble, I seek the
in the night my hand is
stretched out in prayer;
my soul yearns to be comforted.
I think of the Beloved, and I moan;
I meditate, and my spirit
You trouble me and I cannot
I am so fearful,
I cannot sleep;
I am so filled with fantasies
I cannot speak out.
How well I remember years past,
when You were a companion
I commune with my heart all
through the night;
I meditate, my spirit seeking
“Will You abandon me forever, and
leave me comfortless in my
Where is your steadfast Love that
made my soul to sing?
Are your promises empty, that
I feel so alone?”
“Where is the Comforter to ease
How have I offended You, O Friend,
that I am so alone?”
And I wonder, “Is it those walls of
fear and guilt,
that separate me from the very
Heart of my heart?”
I call to mind the closeness of
Yes, I remember the joy of
the Beloved’s presence.
I contemplate in the Silence,
recalling how You led me
along the Way;
For your Way, O Beloved, is holy.
There is no other like You!
You are the One who will bring
us to wholeness,
You manifest your Love to all
who call upon You;
With You the peoples are redeemed,
the nations brought to peace.
When our fears sense You, O Beloved,
when our doubts encounter
they are afraid and attack.
Our eyes pour forth oceans of tears;
our countenance grows cloudy;
we hide behind walls of
The power of your Love seems
too much for us;
Your Light unveils the secrets
hidden in our heart;
Can You wonder that we tremble?
Yet, you stand beside us as we walk
through our fears to
the path of wholeness and love,
though our footsteps are unsure.
You send the Counsellor as a guide
to lead us on the road to peace,
truth, and love.