A Waiting Psalm, again

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments about the freedom to marry in this country. Now, we wait. This is a psalm I crafted in 2013 when SCOTUS heard the Prop 8 and DOMA cases and again, we waited. Please share this with attribution as appropriate.

A Waiting Psalm (an interpretation of Psalm 118)

By Rabbi Eleanor Steinman

In the narrowness of waiting  I called upon the Source of Life; the Source answered me, and set me free.

God is on my side, the side of equality and justice; I will not fear; what can another human being do to me?

God takes my part with those who help me; therefore I shall gaze upon those who disagree with me.

For it is better to take refuge in the Eternal than to put confidence in human beings.

It is better to take refuge in God than to put confidence in those sitting upon thrones.

All naysayers surround me; but in the name of God I will not allow their rhetoric to enter my consciousness.

They surround me; indeed, they surround me; but in the name of God I will pay them no heed.

They surround me like bees; they are quenched like a fire of thorns; for in the name of the Holy One I will hold fast to my belief in equality for all

You, the one I disagree with, pushed me hard that I might fall; but God helps me.

The Eternal One is my strength and song, and my faith has become my salvation.

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of God does bravely.

The right hand of God is exalted; the right hand of God fortifies me in this time of waiting.

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, I will exalt you.

O give thanks to the Eternal One; for God is good; God’s loving kindness endures for ever.

Amen. Selah.

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I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.
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