Traversing the Desert

Traversing the Desert

Psalm 123
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Mercy, God, Mercy!
We’re in way too deep here!
This looks like it’s going to get really messy!
Mercy, God, Mercy!
We’ve all been here, and we’ve all been there,
you know,
that place where only God’s mercy will extricate us?
I could add,
if you have never been to that place,
you’re either not paying attention,
or you haven’t been born yet.
The Psalm itself is sub-titled,
A Pilgrim Song.
And aren’t we all, pilgrims?
Wayfaring strangers?
If we are living at all we are stepping on ground
that might be holy ground,
but is just a bit treacherous as well.
Mercy, God, Mercy!
We drive on freeways…
Mercy, God, Mercy!
We, or our friends,
or family members
are sick,
in pain or dying…
Mercy, God, Mercy!
We are tired, and depressed…
Mercy, God, Mercy!
Our lives are a mess…
Mercy, God, Mercy!
We are trying to make our attitudes
fit the images we have of ourselves,
and we are failing…
Mercy, God, Mercy!
I can’t see my own weaknesses,
but please heal the rest of the world…
And on and on,
as we traverse,
mostly lost,
and many times confused,
the personal deserts of hopes,
broken promises
and thwarted expectations we call our lives.
Yet one has been promised who will deliver us.
There is one who has pledged
to come to lead us out of these deserts.
There will be a light in the East
that will lead us to a manger
where God will bring us the
mercy and grace and healing
we so desperately need.
Advent is near!


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