I Shall Not Want

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our lives are renewed
for the living of these days,
for the loving of all peoples,
for the leaping gladness of praise.

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our hearts are saved
for the laboring of mercy,
for the welcoming of peace,
for the shattering of injustice.

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our spirits are delighted
for the releasing of fear,
for the reviving of goodness,
for the restoring of faithfulness.

By your name and your power alone, O Christ.

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Shadows

At night, the shadows are the stillness
and I am panicked as I pray:
Lord, be with me.

In the day, the shadows are the desolation
and I am resigned as I pray:
Lord, be with me.

In the news, the shadows are the flood of despair
and I am broken apart by pain as I pray:
Lord, be with me.

Among enemies, the shadows are the betrayal
and I am tired & angry as I pray:
Lord, be with me.

Even though I walk through shadows
along unfamiliar terrain,
I fear no predator
for you stay with me.
(Psalm 23:4)