Psalm from a Chilean mine

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                    

God of grace, I praise you!          Let me never take you for granted! My very being is your doing,          and my life is a testimony to you. For I was buried deep          and you brought me up. I was in darkness          and you gave me light. I was in a narrow place          and you have brought me out to a spacious and open-armed land,          to people who love me.

Cut off, I thought I was alone,          but you were with me: you accompanied me in my helplessness;          you sat with me in my solitude. In the dark, I could not see          anyone to rescue me. But there were those who prayed for me,          who labored for my well-being.

How soon will I forget          that you are my life? How quiet will I be          about your grace? How afraid will I be of the dark,          how despairing in my difficulties?

Holy One, you are my gladness;          you are my confidence. In my tightest spots I will trust you,          and count on your unfailing grace. When most alone I will rely on you,          and your loving presence. O God of Presence, you are my life.          I thank you with all of my living.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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