“Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers;
protect me from the violent,
Who devise evil in their hearts
and stir up strife all day long.” Psalm 140 (BCP)
Protect me from them
Protect them from me
Take away the vat of violence
A stew with chunks of anger
and herbs of hatred.
Give us the bread of you presence
to cool the burning tongue.
The Rev. Ann Fontaine, Interim Vicar,St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Manzanita OR, keeps what the tide brings in. She is the author of Streams of Mercy: a meditative commentary on the Bible.