…from generation to generation we will abandon ourselves into you hands with grace-filled, open hearts
Psalm 79 from Nan Merrill’s Psalms for Praying.
O Merciful Presence, the ignorant seem
unrestrained in the world:
they defile the Sacred Altar, your
dwelling place within;
they leave those weaker than themselves
Chaos and destruction follow them, as
they oppress the poor through
deception and greed, and
kill the faith-filled who resist.
Yes, they have poured out their blood
like water throughout the world;
many have disappeared without a trace.
How long will the unjust bring anguish
to the loving, to those
who seek justice and peace?
How long, O Indwelling Presence?
Will your patient last forever?
When will you awaken our long
Pour out your Love on every nation,
open the hearts of all people;
We await a new birth of consciousness,
we call upon your Name!
For the ignorant and unloving are laying
waste to the planet.
Forgive us for the misuse and abuse
of your Creation;
humble us with your steadfast Love,
before the world becomes a barren
Help us, O Compassionate One, to renew
the face of the earth;
deliver us, and forgive our sins,
that we might know the joy of
Let other nations not cry out,
“Where is their faith?”
Let all who have spilled the blood
of the innocent
repent and make reparation before
the eyes of the world!
Let the cries of the victims of injustice
come before You;
According to your great Power,
break the bonds of oppression!
Let all that has been garnered through
be returned in full measure with
Then we your people, those who would
companion with You,
will give thanks to You forever;
from generation to generation we will
abandon ourselves into you hands
with grace-filled, open hearts.