Thursday, September 11, 2008
I hear you knocking, but you can't come in
All boarded up and no place to go. I feel like I'm living in a George Romero movie.
I guess zombies don't know how to undo hurricane clips, so maybe we're safe from two threats.
All you sheltered by the Most High
who live in Almighty God's shadow,
say to the Lord, "My refuge, my fortress,
my God in whom I trust!"
God will free you from hunter's snares,
will save you from dealy plague,
will cover you like a nesting bird.
God's wings will shelter you.
No nighttime terror shall you fear,
no arrows shot by day,
no plague that prowls the dark,
no wasting scourge at noon.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand.
But you shall live unharmed:
God is sturdy armor.
You have only to open your eyes
to see how the wicked are repaid.
You have the Lord as refuge,
have made the Most High your stronghold.
No evil shall ever touch you,
no harm come near your home.
God instructs angels
to guard you wherever you go.
With your hands they support you
so your foot will not strike a stone.
You will tread on lion and viper,
trample tawny lion and dragon.
"I deliver all who cling to me,
raise the ones who know my name,
answer those who call me,
stand with those in trouble.
These I rescue and honor,
satisfy with long life,
and show my power to save."
Bless the Lord,
all who serve in God's house,
who stand watch
throughout the night.
Lift up your hands
in the holy place
and bless the Lord.
And may God,
the maker of earth and sky,
bless you from Zion.
Canticle of Simeon
Lord, let your servant
now die in peace
for you kept your promise.
With my own eyes
I see the salvation
you prepared for all peoples:
a light of revelation for the Gentiles
and glory to your people Israel.
May the almighty and merciful God, Creator, Redeemer, and Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.
Grant us a restful night and a peaceful end.
May the divine assistance be with us always and with our loved ones everywhere.
Posted by Rmj at 9:38 PM