Have regard for your covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence. Psalm 74:20 NRSV
Remember what you promised, God?
If we followed your covenant, you would give us the promised land.
How can you give us the promised land when there are still parts of this land that belong to the unbelievers?
How can we become stewards of your promised land of milk and honey when some parts of the land are still violent and chaotic in nature?
Did you not promise us peace?
Have we failed in some way?
Have we broken your covenant, forgotten your love for us and your saving grace?
Have we not learned our lessons already?
Why are we so forgetful?
Sometimes we are the ones who still have dark places within us that are full of the haunts of violence.
Cleanse us from our sins.
Wash us clean of our iniquity, Lord.
Make us white as snow on the inside.
Remove those parts of our being that are full of violence and darkness.
Fill us with your light and life, even into the darkest corners of our souls.
Set us apart and fulfill your promises.
Let us be your people just as you are our God.
So be it.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims