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I used a trinity of prayers from the British author, Elizabeth Goudge, as a framework for my own psalm: Lord have mercy. Thee we adore. Into thy hands. I also added art because I love weaving together words and visual art. 🙂

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Lord have mercy.
We are lost, are broken, are despairing.
Our world is wandering in darkness.
Our churches are falling into division.
Our hearts are mired in filth.
Rise up, O God!
Defend your people!
Rescue your world!
We are lost without you.
Lord have mercy.
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Thee we adore.
You are goodness and beauty.
You created all,
flinging the stars into space and crafting the ladybug's wings.
You are power and strength.
With your right hand, you held back the seas.
With the breath of your mouth, you took down city walls.
You are love and mercy.
You took the very powers of sin and death into yourself so we wouldn't.
You forsook the companionship of your Trinity so we could be with you.
Thee we adore.
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Into Thy hands.
Though the world grow dark,
I know who you are.
I remember what you have done.
Though my heart be filthy,
I trust your heart toward me and our world.
I know all the reasons I adore you.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth I desire but you.
Whether you come to the rescue today
or wait for another thousand years,
Into Thy hands.
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Renee Mathis

Elizabeth, what a fitting prayer for this Lenten season. The artwork  is a new thing for me! Mixing words with visual images is not something I do well so I appreciate your bringing your choices here to further illuminate your words. Thank you!

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Emma Fox

Elizabeth, this is beautiful, and I love the artworks to go alongside! I like that you express a full range of emotion, just as we often see in the psalms of Scripture, as well as the various dimensions: personal, corporate, God-ward.

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Elizabeth Harwell
22 hours ago, Elizabeth Giger said:
Though the world grow dark,
I know who you are.

I really like this image.... and I feel it. 
 

I love that you used Elizabeth Goudge’s prayer as a framework for your own. It’s amazing to me how much richness can come out of using the trellis of someone else’s words. Thanks for sharing! 

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Lori Morrison
On 2/23/2021 at 3:30 PM, Elizabeth Giger said:

I used a trinity of prayers from the British author, Elizabeth Goudge, as a framework for my own psalm: Lord have mercy. Thee we adore. Into thy hands. I also added art because I love weaving together words and visual art. 🙂

http://madesacred.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bertram_Mackennal_-_Grief-300x251.jpg
Lord have mercy.
We are lost, are broken, are despairing.
Our world is wandering in darkness.
Our churches are falling into division.
Our hearts are mired in filth.
Rise up, O God!
Defend your people!
Rescue your world!
We are lost without you.
Lord have mercy.
http://madesacred.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/829px-Antoine_E%CC%81douard_Joseph_Moulinet_-_Children_at_Prayer_-_Walters_371389-230x300.jpg
Thee we adore.
You are goodness and beauty.
You created all,
flinging the stars into space and crafting the ladybug's wings.
You are power and strength.
With your right hand, you held back the seas.
With the breath of your mouth, you took down city walls.
You are love and mercy.
You took the very powers of sin and death into yourself so we wouldn't.
You forsook the companionship of your Trinity so we could be with you.
Thee we adore.
http://madesacred.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Teniers_Risen_Christ-300x236.jpg
Into Thy hands.
Though the world grow dark,
I know who you are.
I remember what you have done.
Though my heart be filthy,
I trust your heart toward me and our world.
I know all the reasons I adore you.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth I desire but you.
Whether you come to the rescue today
or wait for another thousand years,
Into Thy hands.

This is a treasure,  Elizabeth! Thank you! So much!

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Jonathan Rogers

I especially love that ending: 

On 2/23/2021 at 2:30 PM, Elizabeth Giger said:
Whether you come to the rescue today
or wait for another thousand years,
Into Thy hands.

Great work, @Elizabeth Giger!

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David Graves

Whoa, is this the Elizabeth Giger who went to Greece with me 23 years ago? I joined some friends to take Writing with Caspian.

Thanks for sharing your psalm of lament and faith.

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Elizabeth Giger

David Graves!! This IS the Elizabeth (Sewell back then!) who went to HUG in Greece what seems like eons ago! How very fun to find you here. I am a member of The Habit community on a more regular basis. So you're a writer?!

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David Graves

Hey Elizabeth! Small world.

I do write articles for Pioneer Bible Translators and have done some freelance writing for the Standard Lesson Commentary. I've always loved fantasy, though, and have been working on turning ideas into drafts.

I see on your blog that you just published a book? Congratulations!

Can you tell me a little about your experience as a member of the Habit community? What does that look like for you on a regular basis?

 

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Elizabeth Giger

@David GravesI love that you have written for Pioneer! I haven't heard of the Standard Lesson Commentary. I am also a fan of fantasy books. I can't wait to read what you are writing!

Yes, I did just self-publish a book. Thanks! I'm pretty excited about it.

On 3/6/2021 at 9:56 AM, David Graves said:

Can you tell me a little about your experience as a member of the Habit community? What does that look like for you on a regular basis?

 

It looks like several different things: I have learned a lot from the different class modules that @Jonathan Rogers created. I gain a lot from the writing prompts, both in terms of stretching me to write various kinds of things as well as the feedback I get from other Habit members. The office hours are really helpful (when I can manage to get there, while homeschooling four kids!), just to interact with other writers and Jonathan Rogers via Zoom, to get questions answered and think through lots of different writing issues. The encouragement and help I gain through interacting on the forums is also a huge help, both practically and when I'm not sure I'm cut out for this writing business! I'd be glad to answer any other questions you have. It would be fun to *see* you here more often!

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