–Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breathe, you can begin to clear your mind.-
- Breath in the good
- Breath out the bad
-Continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.-
So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.
Turn, O Lord! How long?Psalm 90:12-17
Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
and as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and prosper for us the work of our hands—
O prosper the work of our hands!
This psalm is attributed to Moses. When I read it, I cannot help but think about the many difficult times he had throughout his life. He was born at a time that all the male children were being killed by the Egyptians. He fled Egypt after he killed an Egyptian guard for abusing a fellow Israelite. He came back to Egypt, and led the Israelites out of slavery through the wilderness to the land of promise. While in the wilderness the Israelites were not always happy with their situation, and Moses became the mediator between them and God. There were some very low days for Moses, and in the psalm he prays that God will give him as many good days as bad days; as many good years as bad years.
I can pray this prayer for myself and for every person reading this. I pray that God will give us, as many good days as there have been bad days. I pray God will give us, as many good years as there have been bad years.
- Take some time to think about the good things in your life.
-Please take a moment.-
-Take some deep breaths.-
- Breath in: the good
- Breath out: the bad
God of grace, give each of us, as many good days as there are bad days. Give each of us, as many good years as there are bad years. Keep us safe, and pick us up when we fall. Amen