I wait for You, my soul waits, for in your Love I would live; My soul awaits the Beloved as one awaits the birth of a child, or as one awaits the fulfillment of their destiny.
~ Psalm 130: 5 & 6 (entire reading is Psalm 130)
Breath Prayer: “my soul” “waits”
One of John Ritter’s most beautiful songs in his Requiem is his interpretation of Psalm 130. In this piece we experience the depths of distress that the psalmist has endured. Many of us know this pain. In the melody sung by the lowest-voiced altos, the listeners experience the fitful intensity of the feelings of estrangement from God.
But the psalmist sings on. She also speaks to a faith that can endure even the deepest distress. The verses continue and lean into the hope that holds us all in the darkest times of our lives. It is here in the places where we feel most lost, that our faith also sings: “My soul waits, for in your Love I would live.”
God has been teaching us of love through our whole lives. Day-by-day and hour-by-hour we have learned that even in, especially in the places when we feel most afraid, when we believe ourselves to be completely lost ~ there is God. Walking beside us, there is God holding our beliefs, our dreams and futures. There is God leaning in so close that our heartbeats are heard. There is God as close to us as our next breath. God’s melody is our life-song, and God’s love invites us to not lose heart.
Prayer: Holy One who was, is and who will be we give you thanks this day. We give thanks that even in our despair, you are with us. Even in the depths of our fear, you are with us. Even we have lost our way, Your Song continues. Give us the strength and courage to join in the song. Amen.
Working as a Hospice Chaplain, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.