Countless Blessings (Psalm 104)

My God, You are awesome,

   You are absolutely adorable.

You wrap Yourself in the sunlight’s splendor,

   You cloak Yourself in the stars’ wonder.

When You bring darkness, it becomes night,

   when You bring light, it becomes day.

With the moon, we mark the seasons,

   with the sun, we rise and rest.

You soar with the clouds

   and whisper with the wind.

Yes, the rain refreshes us like kisses,

   the winds embrace us with Your breath.

The seas cover the earth,

   whose waters are as deep

   as the mountains are high.

By Your design,

   streams awake in the mountains,

   course the plains,

   and rest in their ocean bed.

The boundless brooks have banks,

   which channel their flow;

   forming rivers that enliven the earth,

   refreshing all the hills and dales,

   and supplying water to all of creation –  

All who are thirsty may drink.

The earth is quenched by Your rain,

   nurturing all of nature

Yes, the trees of my God are well-watered,

   they are strong and sturdy.

The birds nestle in them,

   they are content in the branches,

   they sing in harmony with all creation.

 She makes the grass grow and the plants bloom,

   cultivating fruit for us to share,

   bringing forth sustenance…

      wine that gladdens the heart,

       oil that makes the face shine,

       and bread that delights the body.

Countless are Your blessings, my God,

   Your creation is full of wonder.

Earth and sea are vast and spacious,

   teeming with life both large and small

   beyond number.

Our ships frolic

   with the whale and all at sea.

Our wagons dance

   with the elephant and all on land…

We have faith in You

   for we know that we are dear to You,

   we enjoy our harmony.

When You take your kisses away,

   we are afraid.

When Your breath is not felt,

   we wallow in loneliness.

When You send Your Spirit,

   we are renewed.

Your beauty will endure forever,

   and we rejoice in Your goodness.

For You put up with us

   and take care of us

   always in all ways –

All of creation has joyful expectations.

I will pray with My God all my life,

   I will sing in harmony.

May my pondering and brooding be pleasing,

   as I balance my desires with pain and hope.

Take away my fears and doubts

   and give me the courage and freedom

   to be undone and vulnerable.

Yes, we dwell in the House of Love,

   we rest assured with our God.

With all our hearts we affirm,

   “She is our refuge and our strength,

   our God, in whom we trust.”

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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