Monday, February 20, 2012

Lamentations

I stare at an uncertain future.  I worry about how tomorrow will go or if I will have a place to sleep in six months.  I am scared that all I'm doing is failing even more spectacularly than I ever have before.  I have no peace.  I stare at my children's face and wonder if I am betraying them.  I fear constantly that I have let down my spouse.  Where am I and how do I get away from here?

I don't know what its like to have nothing from day to day but I certainly don't know from month to month.  So far everything has worked, so far nothing has broken too badly.  But how long will I be able to keep this up?  How long until everyone sees through this facade of success and I am dragged away to pay debts I cannot and my family goes without?

Where is my hope?  Where is my future?  Where is my promise?

 "To you, LORD, I call; 
   you are my Rock, 
   do not turn a deaf ear to me. 
For if you remain silent, 
   I will be like those who go down to the pit. 
Hear my cry for mercy 
   as I call to you for help, 
as I lift up my hands 
   toward your Most Holy Place."


Where are the ravens to feed me?  Where is the water from the rock?  I am the son of a slave and I am dying in the desert.  God what crime have I done?  Too many to count.  But for your Son's sake save me!  Save me that his promise is true!  Give me hope!  How can I go forward if I see nothing but despair?

What is man that you care for us?  What are we that you watch us?  But if you watch save me!  I cannot save myself, my skills have failed, my hands.....are worthless.  Save me because I despair and falter.  Like a sheep with no water I stumble.  I fall and rise no more.

What friend can save me?  What comrade can pull me up?  My friends are like me, without hope.  If one of us falls the others cannot rush to his rescue.  We simply stair in quiet futility as one after another falls never to rise again.  What can be done?  Who can save us?  Who will save us?

Let me hear you.  Let me see you.  Turn me to dust.  Let me repent in ashes.
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Blood drops.
Blood falls.
Blood stirs the dust.

The forgotten are forgiven.
The dust becomes bone.
Bone gathers muscle.
Muscle skin.
From death comes life.

In the stillness, He is exalted.

I remember you.  I see the empty tomb.  I hear the voice in the silence.  I bow and recognize my foolish words.  You are SAVIOR.  You are REDEEMER.  You see me.  You know me.  Save me Lord, no one else can.  Clothed in the blood, I kneel.  At Calvary's dawn I wait.  In the garden I seek.  Call me Lord, your presence, your grace, your mercy, I cannot live without them.

Mercy Lord.  Mercy Son of David.  Have Mercy.  Give me strength.  Purify me.

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