Wednesday, January 29, 2020

INESCAPABLE



Is there a place where God is not?

Is there a nowhere from which God is absent?


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YHWH, you’ve searched me, and you know me.
You know if I am standing or sitting,
you read my thoughts from far away. 
whether I walk or lie down, you are watching;
you are intimate with all of my ways.
A word is not even on my tongue, YHWH,
before you know what it is:
you hem me in, before and behind,
shielding me with your hand.
such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
a height my mind cannot reach!
where could I run from your spirit?
where could I flee from your presence?
if I go up to the heavens, you’re there;
if I make my bed in Death, you’re already there.
I could fly away with wings made of dawn,
or make my home on the far side of the sea,
but even there your hand will guide me,
your mighty hand holding me fast.
if I say, “The darkness will hide me,
and night will be my only light,”
even darkness won’t be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day—
darkness and light are the same to you.
You created my inmost being
and stitched me together in my mother’s womb.
For all these mysteries I thank you—
for the wonder of myself,
for the wonder of your works—
my soul knows it well.
My frame was not hidden from you
while I was being made in that secret place,
knitted together in the depths of the earth;
your eyes saw my body even there.
All of my days were written in your book,
all of them planned
before even the first of them came to be. 
How precious your thoughts are to me, O God!
How impossible to number them!
I could no more count them than I could count the sand.
But suppose I could?
You would still be with me!
O God, if only you would destroy those degenerates!
if only these reprobates would leave me alone!
They talk blasphemously about you;
your enemies treat you as if you were nothing.
Don’t I hate those who hate you, YHWH?
Don’t I loathe those who defy you?
I hate them with a total hatred,
and regard them as my own enemies!
Examine me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts— 
see if there is misdeed within me,
and guide me in the way that is eternal.
(from: Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible . Sheed & Ward.) 

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Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hid
: Cleanse the thoughts of our
hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may
perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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