Friday, November 22, 2019

Psalm 136 Interpretive


This is an interpretation of Psalm 136 I have written for an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. It inspires us to do better, and at the same time to try to seek gratitude. It is in opposition to the queer Midrash I have written on the same Psalm, where I struggle to see gratitude.

 

    הודו לה' כי טוב... כי לעולם חסדו
Give thanks to God, for God is good                For God’s mercy is everlasting
God created humanity in God’s image              For God’s mercy is everlasting
God feeds all living things                               For God’s mercy is everlasting
God cares for all the oppressed                       For God’s mercy is everlasting
God requires and inspires us to do the same    For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the food insecure                           For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the unhoused                                For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the indigenous                               For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the disabled                                   For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the people of color                         For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the disadvantaged queer                 For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the elderly                                     For God’s mercy is everlasting
To care for the orphan                                    For God’s mercy is everlasting
To not eat factory farm meat                           For God’s mercy is everlasting
To eat sustainable local produce                      For God’s mercy is everlasting
To pay living wages to workers                        For God’s mercy is everlasting
To free the immigrants in illegal detention        For God’s mercy is everlasting
To heal the broken planet                                For God’s mercy is everlasting
To overall repair the world – Tikkun Olam         For God’s mercy is everlasting
Give thanks to God for God is good                  For God’s mercy is everlasting

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