In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
Can you imagine this psalm being prayed in the middle of the night for centuries—about a 2 AM? How’s that for getting up early! There are religious communities who live to praise God, work and pray in God’s presence all the time. They even promise to stay in the same place all the days of their life, challenging us to be careful about all the traveling that we want to do. Jesus never went beyond the Lands that became holy by his presence.
Pray this psalm in the spirit of those who begin their day in the middle of the night. While everyone is sleeping the prayer is sung out for the whole earth, inviting all the peoples to return to the basics of life and praise God.
The middle of the night….quiet, peaceful—a good time for prayer…for you too, if you find yourself awake for awhile at that time. It’s soon to be the middle of the season when nights are much longer than days—winter. It’s in this setting that we celebrate Advent—the season to become awakened to God and God’s love in our lives.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
All the earth belongs to You. v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the First Week in Advent
Winter in the north. Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…