Triumphant Song of Confidence
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Midsummer in this hemisphere
The longest day
But for many
Just another long night
Another sojourn in the dark
Another day of grieving another night of loss
Where was the protection of God?
Where was the shelter?
When a gunman filled with hatred
Blinded with prejudice
Chose the sanctuary of a church
To wreak carnage
To proclaim evil
To defile all that is sacred and true
How does the beauty of the Lord
Ever emerge from the shadow of such darkness?
How did we get it so wrong
How did we fail so miserably in sharing the love of God
And the teachings of Christ?
That children of God can look into each other's eyes
And see differences with eyes of judgement
Judgement that divides and diminishes
While God, our light and salvation
Weeps in impotence
Consumed by the darkness
Too dense for the light to breakthrough
And a triumphant song of confidence
Becomes a song of lament
Remembering: Cynthia Hurd, Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders. Ethel Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson, Daniel Simmons Sr, Myra Thompson.