This is a prayer from Debbie Pearlman’s Flames to Heaven: New Psalms for Healing & Praise. It’s a wonderful collection of psalms which Pearlman translates for our use, especially around themes of healing and celebration. This is number one hundred twenty-two.
I am trying, Life-Arranger, I am trying
To live with uncertainties.
I am trying to yield control,
To listen for the calm beneath.
My task nearly done, I am trying to trust
My nurturing and modeling
Have grown a complete person
Ready to enter the next territory.
All my caring words, instructions
Repeated and reworded are no armor.
Only faith in Your kindness
Will secure each tomorrow.
Letting go my protecting hug,
Releasing my shielding body,
I relax. And then I feel You.
You alone must be the Shield about us.
Only to be whole and to be happy.
Only to be well-loved and productive.
Giving and friendly, untroubled by terrors.
Parents’ sighs rise to You.