Psalm 46

a poetic reinterpretation

God’s presence is in the steadying breath
  never farther than a breath away.
Last night the earth below me cracked
  no pleasant hills stand still
    when you make them snap
Last night the earth below me groaned
  no silent night quiets stones
    when you call them to cry

God’s presence is in the steadying breath
  though everything comes to nothing
     laughter, ashes
     anger, ashes
     hope, ashes
     life, ashes

I cannot pause the river’s flow
  it makes its own way– 
the river’s source is you
  river’s end is also you
a breath away, your presence

Be still and know
  a breath withheld
your presence
  still

I know
  the river flows

Jennifer W. Davidson

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