August 13, 2022

Prayer by Sufi mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th century

love, O pure deep love, be here, be now — be all;
Worlds dissolve into your stainless endless radiance,
Frail living leaves burn with you brighter than cold stars.
Make me your servant, your breath, your core.



Psalm 108

My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *

I will sing and make melody.
Wake up, my spirit;
awake, lute and harp; *

I myself will waken the dawn.
I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; *

I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *

and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *

and your glory over all the earth.
So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, *

save with your right hand and answer me.
[God spoke from his holy place and said, *

“I will exult and parcel out Shechem;
I will divide the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *

Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin,
on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *

and over Philistia will I shout in triumph.”
Who will lead me into the strong city? *

who will bring me into Edom?
Have you not cast us off, O God? *

you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
Grant us your help against the enemy, *

for vain is the help of man.
With God we will do valiant deeds, *

and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

Image: “Tulum at dawn” by Today is a good day is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

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