Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 – Gathered in

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

1   O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2   Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
3   and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

4   Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
5   hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
6   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
7   he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.

33  He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34   fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35  He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36  And there he lets the hungry live,
and they establish a town to live in;
37  they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
and get a fruitful yield.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Once you have found freedom with the Breath, do a quick scan of your body.
  • What places in you are wounded and in need of attention?
  • Invite God to gather these places together as God embraces you with love and compassion.
  • Is there a river that needs to stop to that you can cross the dry land?
  • Is there dry land that needs to be quenched with springs of water?
  • Is there a place of hunger that God will  nourish while the fields are established?
  • Is there fruit to harvest and celebrate?
  • In all things give praise and glorify God for God is in all things.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 5, 2017, the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Matthew 23:1-12

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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