Today's psalm translation is in honor of Joan Nelson- a long time student of my OLLI classes who has come through the grief of losing three husbands and a bout with cancer. Joan, a dear secular humanist who has officiated as a chaplain for many atheist funerals, is having a "premature FUN-eral" to celebrate her 80th birthday. It was a wonder to behold her vitality and radiance this morning as she invited me to the party and confided that she is madly in love! Thank you, Joan, for being such an embodiment of the hope of healing- a vivid reminder that there are always new possibilities awaiting us.
For One Who Has Come Through
(After Reading Psalm 30)
a modern translation by Kayleen Asbo
I have been brought up from the dead; *
My life has been restored as I was going down to the grave.
I will sing and give thanks
for healing and wholeness
For pain endures but the twinkling of an eye,
but the memory of grace lasts for a lifetime.
And though weeping may spend the night,
joy comes in the morning.
There was a time when I felt secure
When I felt as strong as
Then the storms of life came
and I was filled with fear.
I cried out, wondering
What point there was in so much affliction and pain
Now my wailing has been turned into dancing;
I have put off my hospital gown and
am clothed with radiance and joy.
Therefore, my heart sings without ceasing;
I will give thanks from the depths of my being
For the dark night has given way to sunrise
And love has proved stronger than death.