The Psalms of our Lives

November 9, 2011

I am not quite sure why, but recently I find myself drawn to the Psalms.  There is much wisdom about our lives there because it is easy to find a Psalm that echoes the yearnings of our own heart from joy to sorrow to lamentation. How often do we find ourselves like the Psalmists begging God for help or thanking God for his gifts?

For instance, I spent days with Psalm 1:2-3.  Its words brought me strength and hope as Chris and I walk another transition of life together.  I know we can still “prosper” and “yield fruit” in this season of change if we remain rooted in faith.   

“Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy;
and on his law he meditates day and night
He is like a tree
planted near streams of water,
that yields its fruit in season;
Its leaves never wither;
whatever he does prospers.”
A priest once reminded me that there are 150 Psalms in the bible, but we are still writing our own Psalms that speak to our deep longings of God within our hearts and within our lives.  I find myself often speaking my own Psalms to God for healing, for help, and for joy.  
Where are you writing Psalms in your life? 
Do you have a favorite Psalm?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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