Sunday, June 04, 2006

Comfort Food

Praise is due to thee,
O God, in Zion;
and to thee shall vows be performed,
O thou who hearest prayer!
To thee shall all flesh come
on account of sins.
When our transgressions prevail over us,
thou dost forgive them.
Blessed is he whom thou dost choose and bring near,
to dwell in they courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house,
thy holy temple!

By dread deeds thou dost answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation,
who art the hope of all the ends of the earth,
and of the farthest seas;
who by thy strength hast established the mountains,
being girded with might;
who dost still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples;
so that those who dwell at earth's farthest bounds
are afraid at thy signs;
thou makest the outgoings of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

Thou visitest the earth and waterest it,
thou greatly enrichest it;
the river of God is full of water;
thou providest their grain,
for so thou hast prepared it.
Thou waterest its furrows abundantly,
settling it's ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing it with growth.
Thou crownest the year with thy bounty;
the tracks of thy chariot drip with fatness.
The pastures of the wilderness drip,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

----Psalm 65, of David

And speaking of agricultural metaphor and superabundance....

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it baides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." --Our Lord God and Saviour, Jesus Christ (John 15:1-4)

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