How patient was the Eternal Lover
Psalm 78, part 2 from Nan Merrill’s Psalms for Praying
Did they not know how their rebellions
separated them form the Source
of all that is?
How often the people lost faith
on the journey,
not trusting in the saving power
of the Beloved!
Even so, their complaints were answered
And the doors to heaven opened
raining down their sustenance,
the very grain of heaven.
They ate of the bread of the angels;
food was sent in abundance.
Thew East wind blew in the heavens;
and the South wind was
Out of heaven’s abundance came the
as many as the sand of the seas;
They fell right in their midst,
all around their habitation,
And the people ate and were well filled;
all that they craved was given
Yet Justice prevailed, retribution
even as their mouths were still
filled with food.
To restore the balance, the stronger
among them died,
the strongest in their midst.
In spite of all this, the people
continued to separate themselves
their eyes and ears are closed.
So they lived their days in fear,
and their years in terror.
When they fell, they sought the Most High;
they repented and sought help
They remembered then the Rock,
who was their strength,
the Almighty One, their Redeemer.
Flattery poured from their tongues.
Their hearts were not filled with love;
they were not true to the covenant.
Still the Beloved, being compassionate,
forgave their hypocrisy and
gave them new life.
How patient was the Eternal Lover,
how blind to their fickle hearts,
Knowing that they believed themselves
to be but flesh,
a wind that passes and comes
How often the people rebelled against Love
in the wilderness,
grieving the Beloved with their