GOD, I NEED RESCUING more times than I can say. I feel besieged—by the world and its terrors; and by the terrors of my own soul. The only time I feel safe is when I know I am in you. I find my refuge in you, Rock of my shaky life; steady me and surround me with peace that comes for safety. I do not want to fortify my fears; I do not want to claim people as enemies only because they are strangers. But deliver me from unjust, cruel, and unrelenting circumstances. Teach me to trust you, as I did with abandon as a child. I do not want to return to naiveté, but I do want to rest in you. You have been a leaning post in weary times; continue to let me rest in you. Amen.
– Valerie Bridgeman Davis
The Africana Worship Book, Year C
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Psalm 72:2, NRSV
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