Psalm 31 I have become like a broken vessel…

PSALM 31:9-16

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; 
          my eye wastes away from grief, 
          my soul and body also. 
10  For my life is spent with sorrow, 
          and my years with sighing; 
     my strength fails because of my misery, 
          and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries, 
          a horror to my neighbors, 
     an object of dread to my acquaintances; 
          those who see me in the street flee from me. 
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; 
          I have become like a broken vessel. 
     ForI hear the whispering of many — 
          terror all around! — 
     as they scheme together against me, 
          as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD; 
          I say, “You are my God.” 
15  My times are in your hand; 
          deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. 
16  Let your face shine upon your servant; 
          save me in your steadfast love.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Consider the place(s) where you feel broken today.
  • What metaphor of brokenness above captures your attention?
  • Where do you feel this in your body?
  • How does this affect your daily routine?
  • What desire for healing arises in you?
  • Lift your face to the Lord for the light and love to shine upon you.
  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Feel the presence of Christ.
  • Be loved.
  • Be healed.
  • Be forgiven.
  • Rest in the steadfast love of the Lord.
  • Share this love with all you encounter today.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 1, 2012, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) Year B
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15,47

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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