Long Ago You Founded the Earth

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As I read Psalm 102 this morning, I was particularly struck by verses 26-28. Psalm 102 is a prayer of one who is suffering deeply, who pours out his/her anguish before the Lord. These verses come at the end of the Psalm. They reveal a theological truth, for even though the psalmist is tormented by anguish, he still recognizes that God is his only source of relief. These words of suffering and recognition touched me so much that I was moved to write the prayer that follows the passage from David’s Psalm. I am no David, but I hope the prayer can give some comfort.

ʺLong ago you founded the earth,
And the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish but you will remain.
They will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like clothes, and they will change.
But you are the same, and your years do not end.ʺ Psalm 102:26-28

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‘Prayer of Hope in the Midst of Suffering’

I
God, you were here before all time.
You are present now, and will be forever.
I am but a blade of grass,
Here today, gone tomorrow.
Yet you knew me before I was born
And, though I will die to this life,
You desire that I live with you forever.
II
Though my life is short
And I can claim no fame,
I am never alone.
For He Who Is, Was, and always Will Be
Has come and offers to dwell in me,
To walk with me through the years of my life.
Lord, I am not worthy,
But I offer you this day
All of my thoughts,
All of my words,
All of my actions,
All of my joys,
And all of my sufferings.
Only say the word, Lord,
And I will be healed.
Amen.

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.