Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday in Lent 5 - updated with Collect of the Day

Psalm 126 has long been a favorite of mine. Just as I viewed Pachelbel's famous canon as "our song" when I was partnered, so I considered this "our psalm."

It is a psalm of unexpected blessing, of good things unlooked for, of grace upon grace. It is not saccharine, for tears precede the harvest of joy, but there is a simple testimony of goodness that never fails to put me in a state of calm assurance and abiding hope.

Psalm 126 In convertendo

1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.

3 Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them."

4 The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.

5 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.

6 Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.

7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

--The Book of Common Prayer

Almighty God, through the incarnate Word you have caused us to be born anew of an imperishable and eternal seed: Look with compassion upon those who are being prepared for Holy Baptism, and grant that they may be built as living stones into a spiritual temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

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