For London and Britain

Lord, it’s true you have been our help,
  generation after generation.
Before you gave birth to mountains,
  to the earth or inhabited world,
from forever to forever, you are God.

But while a thousand years are a day
  or like a brief time at night,
it’s not so for humans—we are like
  green grass in summer heat,
  a passing dream at night.
We may live to a ripe old age,
  but even if we do—
and we have been among the lucky,
  at best our lives are filled with tears.
Please return to us, Lord!
  Please waste no time! Be quick!
Have compassion for us—
  for so many families in pain.
Fill us in the morning
  with your faithful love,
so we can rejoice and be glad,
  instead of attending another funeral,
  instead of another day of mourning.

Lord, may your mercy extend over us,
  may our children see your work.  Amen
(Note: With credit to Psalm 90 from which

I have rewritten for this prayer.)
Glenn Pemberton is a minister turned professor turned writer. After serving churches in Texas and Colorado, Glenn completed a Ph.D. (Old Testament). He then taught at Oklahoma Christian University before coming to Abilene Christian University in 2005, retiring as professor emeritus in 2017 due to a severe chronic pain. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Along with short essays he has published four books, including The God who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (2015), and Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms (2012). Glenn and his wife Dana continue to live in Abilene, Texas.
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Author:  Publish Date: June 14, 2017

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