My Soul Awaits You, O Lord!

My soul awaits You, O Lord!

its tributaries seek a gleaming dawn.

Like a river, take this weary traveler home;

attach to me the tendrils of Your robe.

Feed the source of its departing hope.

 

My soul departs here, O Lord!

May Your faithful love pierce me;

be its ever-mighty sword.

As I hope in Your coming

to carry me home,

comfort those that at my bed,

now in my absence, do roam.

 

My soul awaits You, O Lord!

Its tributaries seek a gleaming dawn.

Like a river, take this weary traveler home;

attach to me the tendrils of Your robe.

Feed the source of its departing hope.

 

My soul is with You, O Lord!

Sing to me now 

those life-giving words.

 

Your Father has chosen you

among all these peoples

not because of greatness

no, this is not His reasoning.

So you might perceive the love

He has bestowed on you,

He whispers to His child,

rest now,

these wings are sent to cradle you.

 

My soul awaits You, O Lord!

Its tributaries seek a gleaming dawn.

Like a river, take this weary traveler home;

attach to me the tendrils of Your robe.

Feed the source of its departing hope.

 

When one is departing from this earthly world

their tributaries still feed

those to a bedside remain furled.

They each will yet flow

down this mighty river home

it is then you'll again gather

where a fed soul now goes.

 

 

As I sat this morning in prayer, I imagined one who is dying. This person has no particular name, in fact, this person has many. The song I write from the words now read is what I imagine they leave behind at the foot of their bed. This Sunday in Mass or any service you attend, if and when you pause as a group of God's children to reflect on those that have briefly left us to travel to their eternal home - perhaps think of them singing this song.

 

The carnal person cannot understand the liberty of the spiritual person.

(Thomas A Kempis - The Imitation of Christ)

 

Possibly in the midst of this song, we get a glimpse of that freedom which awaits. Is there a bedside to which you remain furled? Allow God to assist your unfurling. He is here to help those who remain behind understand better the Liberty His children called home now enjoy.

 

Readings from the morning:

 

Give Us this Day including:

Psalm 33: 8-12, 20-22

Deuteronomy 7: 6-8a, 9

 

Imitation of Christ: Chapter 53

 

 

 

 

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