1. Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sit enthroned
between the cherubim, shine forth
2. before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manassah. Awaken your might; come and save us.
3. Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
4. O Lord God Almighty, how long will your anger smolder against the prayers of
5. You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.
6. You have made us a source of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.
7. Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
Like the Hebrew peoples of antiquity, I have a habit of attributing my hardships to a distant, uncaring, or angry Deity. Since I’m susceptible to seasonal depression, I often “drink tears by the bowlful” during the holiday season. Both faith-practice and observation of Christmas traditions help counteract my seasonal sadness. The psalmist mirrors faith-practice in the refrain repeating in verses 3 and 7, “make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”
My Loved Divine Birthgiver, Mother,
I fall before you trusting your provision for my life
Trusting as you mend the fragmented remains of my existence.
How you calm my disquieted mind Dear Goddess
and tune my Life's-Breath to your reassuring presence!