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Psalm 20: Prayer in Time of War

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Psalm 20 tells us the words we all want to hear: The Lord answer you in time of distress; the name of the God of Jacob defend you!

We do not have to rely on our own resources when we find ourselves in distress.  We only need to rely on God; but this is usually easier said than done.  Sometimes we are called to learn new behaviors.  We are called to move out of comfort zones; but when we do, we take the temple with us for we are temples of God.

May God send you help from the temple, from Zion be your support.

So often we think that no one understands the sacrifices we make in life.  We may feel that no one can empathize with our particular situation.  Sometimes we feel alone and when we do, we now that it is time to take our suffering to God for we can be assured that God understands.  God knows how our sacrifice takes its toll on us.

May God remember your every offering, graciously accept your holocaust.

We make plans every day.  We talk about these plans with others and with God.  And when we do, we must plumb the depths of our heart to find the genesis of these plans.  Do they flow from God?  Do they reflect the Gospel?  Do we knock at heaven’s door with our hearts open and vulnerable to God?  When we ask in Jesus’ name, we receive but always in God’s plan and in God’s time.

Grant what is in your heart, fulfill your every plan.

When we pray to saints, to the Blessed Mother, to our deceased loved ones and to God, we need to present the most difficult problems for resolution.  We need to take our hopes and our dreams to the ones who intervene on our behalf, who nurture us as we grow, the ones who know us so well, the one who created us.

The Lord grant your every prayer!

May we remember in times of goodness and in times of turmoil to turn to God.

The Lord grant your every prayer!

In this Lenten season, may we remember that God forgives.

The Lord grant your every prayer!

As we near the Eastertide, may we ask for an Easter wish . . . and may it be granted!

The Lord answer you in time of distress; the name of the God of Jacob defend you!

The Lord grant your every prayer!


A reflection from March 7, 2008.

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