It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted anything here! It seemed with the busyness of Lent, Holy Week and Easter I found myself pretty much drained and spun dry. I guess I needed time to just “be” … to rest in resurrection joy.
But, as much as I believe and am grateful for resurrection, I have to admit the news was getting to me. Hearing about brothers and sisters in Christ being taken prisoner and being asked to deny their Christian faith and then being killed was (and is) causing distress in my spirit. I pray for them but I needed another outlet for releasing some of the anxious stirring within me. Yet, I could not think of anything. Most of my life I’ve been a writer – writing prayer and journaling but I could not get motivated for writing.
This past week, however, I attended a 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation in Alabama. (Find out more by going to www.academy.upperroom.org. ) The focus was on praying the Psalms; Psalms for Life. Our wonderful, leaders, Dr. Don Saliers and Dr. Roberta Bondi, gave presentations on the Psalms that motivated and inspired us to write our own Psalms.
In writing this psalm of lament that can be sung to the tune of Amazing Grace, I discovered the outlet I needed to be able to release a bit of stress and to feel some connection with those whom I am praying for.
Here is my Psalm. You can probably expect more to come!
Remember Us, O God©
A Contemporary Psalm of Lament
Dedicated to Christians around the world who are losing their lives because of their faith
How long, O Lord, we cry how long
must we wait here in fear?
Have we been left alone to die
or are you really here?
From light and joy we’ve fallen now
into this slimy pit.
We’re overwhelmed with tears and grief
in this hell where we sit.
Our enemies threaten us day by day
“Deny your God, or die!”
Are you still here protecting us,
or, is it all a lie?
Remember us, O God of love
give strength for what’s ahead.
To know your Presence in this place
gives peace instead of dread.
I will remember you, O Lord,
Your promises of grace.
I’ll hold my head up high and sing
your praises in this place.
You are my Light, my Life, my Hope!
You’re love will be my song.
In life or death I will profess –
to you my soul belongs!
Dr. Sharlyn DeHaven Gates, May 2015
I am a woman with many interests, yet most of them flow into what is my source of life, my very breath, the reason I do what I do. I am Called. That means, for me, I have experienced a call on my life to serve as a pastor to God’s people. In that calling I love to write, to speak, to lead, and to teach. My deepest desire is to pass on to others what I have experienced in my own journey of grace. I am human, and in that humanity I have known passion and joy, sin and disgrace. Yet, in God’s love I have known nothing but love and redirection and total grace.