psalm 10: awe over fear

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in certain moments
i tell myself
that real justice is
little more than
an illusion,
that greed will always
trump goodness,
that fear is bound to
prevail over awe.

in certain moments
it seems as if
you simply don’t care
that the powerful victimize
the powerless with impunity,
for no other reason
than the confidence that
they will never be called
to account.

in such moments
i pray for the courage:
to turn my face to
the orphan and the widow,
to open my heart and
my hands wide to the
prisoner and the refugee,
so i may see that
your face has truly
been gazing upon us
all along.

in such moments
i can face down my despair,
inspired to continue the
struggle,
guided by the inevitable light
of your countenance
and the dream of justice
everlasting.

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2 Comments on “psalm 10: awe over fear”

  1. Monica says:

    Absolutely inspiring and just what I need to remain steadfast in my belief that the fight for justice, equality, and freedom is not a lost cause. Thank you.

  2. Gwenan says:

    I have been reading and rereading Auden’s poem “September 1, 1939” written on the occasion of Hitler invading Poland. There is no prayer in that poem, of course, and the salvation in it (if there is any) comes from the mere fact of being able to speak (“All I have is a voice…”). But this psalm picks up the small threads of light in that poem and brightens them. “May I, composed like them / Of Eros and of dust, / Beleaguered by the same / Negation and despair, / Show an affirming flame.” Thanks for the whole string of psalms you posted this morning. I will go back to them again and again.


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