Based loosely on Psalm 77
Loudly I cried to God — loudly —
So he would open his ears to me.
I went to the Lord for help on the day
Of troubles, upset, unable to speak.
What happened in the days of old?
The long-ago years when God was merciful?
Has God forgotten his tender mercies?
Is the Lord no longer the same as before?
O God, your ways are holy! Who
Is great as our true, faithful God?
The water saw you, O God, and shook,
Your arrows flashed in every direction.
Your road passed through the sea, your people
Walked to safety, you led your children
Away from Egypt — As you saved them,
O Lord, come take me by the hand.
Inspired by a prayer of Alcuin of York (c. 735-804).
Eternal Light, pierce the dark with day,
Eternal Goodness, deliver me from wrong,
Eternal Power, be my strength and stay,
Eternal Wisdom, teach me where I belong,
Eternal Pity, turn me back to the way,
Eternal Joy, place on my lips your song.
Eternal Victor, with you I never lose;
Eternal Will, the heavenly glory I choose.
Your name is You and all You are, O God,
So let it be often on my lips,
Stamped upon my heart,
And holy in our midst.
Let men praise your great deeds,
Let women sing your mighty acts,
Let children break out in chants to You,
Let mountains and valleys tremble before You. Continue reading
The sweetest words to hear, O Lord, are those that speak of you, your name, your works, your holy words, your grace, your promised home. No rich or famous fools, no stars, no idols, no human feats can swoon my heart, but only you, who loves and shows himself as God Almighty.