“Give Ear, O Shepherd of Israel…” (A Meditation on Psalm 80)

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel…”
So many declaratives!
Do this, God,
do that…
Shine forth,
stir up,
restore.

Our lives are lived in declarative sentences.

Life sentences that are lived declaratively,
definitively,
determinedly.

O God!
Restore us,
see us,
shine
on
us!

Your flock awaits,
your people listen,
in silence,
in longing,
in peaceful advent of surrender.

Shepherd, give ear to us!
Give life to us!
Give!
and we will receive.

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