Preparation Day: 90

About Preparation Day

A Prayer of Moses, Man of God

God, it seems you’ve been our home forever;
long before the mountains were born,
Long before you brought earth itself to birth,
from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God.

So don’t return us to mud, saying,
“Back to where you came from!”
Patience! You’ve got all the time in the world—whether
a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you.
    Are we no more to you than a wispy dream,
      no more than a blade of grass
    That springs up gloriously with the rising sun
      and is cut down without a second thought?
Your anger is far and away too much for us;
we’re at the end of our rope.
You keep track of all our sins; every misdeed
since we were children is entered in your books.
All we can remember is that frown on your face.
Is that all we’re ever going to get?
We live for seventy years or so
(with luck we might make it to eighty),
And what do we have to show for it? Trouble.
Toil and trouble and a marker in the graveyard.
Who can make sense of such rage,
such anger against the very ones who fear you?

Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
    Surprise us with love at daybreak;
      then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.

Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

::

Psalm 90, The Message 
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 
by Eugene H. Peterson

3 responses

  1. “Surprise us with love at daybreak;
    then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.”

    What a wonderful way to begin the day. “I will awake right early. I will awaken the dawn”.

    Worshiping with you in spirit this week-end.

    2011/11/12 at 2:49 PM

  2. Oh! Teach us to live well!
    Teach us to live wisely and well!

    I want to be a better student of Him than I am. And I want to be thankful for the lessons He presents to me over, and over, and over….until maybe someday I’ll get it. But my selfish heart isn’t always delighted that He takes the time to teach me grace, and humility, and sacrifice.

    God, have mercy on me.

    2011/11/12 at 7:09 PM

  3. …and may the loveliness of our Lord, our God rest on you and your family Lyla. Thank you for showing us so much of his loveliness in your writing and your photography.

    2011/11/12 at 11:39 PM

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