Devotional || Psalm 90

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

I was deciding what Psalm to write about today and opened the bible to the Psalms looking for inspiration. I opened to Psalm 90 and decided that writing about God’s time versus our time was very appropriate for this season of waiting.

God has been here since the beginning. God is the creator of all that we see, and God will be here until the end of time. God is forever. The Psalm tells us that “a thousand years is like a day that has just gone by in the sight of the Lord.”  The older we get, the more quickly time passes. We have seen a lot of changes in our lives, and lived many days, but none can compare to the time of God.

And here we wait, our days are passing by as we sit separated from one another, many of our lives on hold. We watch the numbers- how many are infected with Covid-19, how many are hospitalized, how many in ICU, and how many have died. We wait. We pray to you that the numbers will begin to decrease. We pray that the death toll will not increase much more.

We pray for the families who wait for their loved ones to begin to improve. We wait for a vaccine or a proven treatment to help. We wait for 14 days of improvement so that some gatherings can begin. We pray that it will happen soon.

We pray for those who are missing the rites of passage- baptisms, weddings, funeral services and graduations. Time continues to pass while we wait.

The Psalm says our lives are 70 years or 80 if we’re strong. We see many people living 90 and 100 years now, but this virus threatens the oldest among us. And so, to protect them, we wait.

The Psalmist says, “Come back to us, Lord!  Please, quick! Have some compassion for your servants. Fill us full every morning with your faithful love so we can rejoice and celebrate our whole life long… Let the kindness of the Lord our God be over us.”

And we say, “ Quickly Lord, let this pass by so that we can find our new normal lives.”


A Prayer from the Massachusetts Council of Churches

The Massachusetts Council of Churches along with many interfaith and civic partners invites all people to a daily, intentional, universal common prayer over your town and the Commonwealth at 4:15pm each afternoon. This prayer was written for Christians with broad interfaith participation.

Holy One, Your people know You by many names, we call to You in many languages, hear our common cry:

We praise You that we have breath left to pray and praise. We give thanks that there is reasonable portion of health in our mind and body this day. You wake us up and put us to sleep, and for this day, we give thanks. We pray especially for all who are sick. We pray for all who have no one to pray for them. We pray for those whose names are known to You alone. Heal us, O God: Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and You long for us to be one.

We pray for our (city/town), and every city and town in this Commonwealth and every place in-between. Cover us, O God. Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and You long for us to be one.

We pray for our leaders: for ______ our Mayor, Charlie our Governor, the President, our elected and appointed leaders, for all positions of enormous responsibility. Equip and sustain them, Holy One, for the healing of this nation. Guide us, O God: Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and You long for us to be one.

We pray for all on the front lines, wherever those lines are: in grocery stores, emergency rooms, on our roads and behind our screens. We pray for all who are weary and worried and weep this day. Guard Us, O God: Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and You long for us to be one.

We pray for ourselves and our people, each community and neighborhood and home, and those without safe place to lay their head. Cover us, with a blessing and protection beyond our comprehension. Hear Us, O God: Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and You long for us to be one.

Make us One with You and one another, for there is no other way. Make us one city, one Commonwealth, one people. Make us so mindful of the most vulnerable among us that there is no need that we do not bear together. Repair us, O God: Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and you long for us to be one.

Grant us courage for the living of these days. Give us patience to endure what cannot be avoided. Make us resilient and make us one. Oh God, we long for resurrection. Redeem us, O God: Let this plague pass over, for Your will is health and wholeness, and You long for us to be one.

We know you by many names. I pray in the name of the Great Physician, Jesus the Christ. Alleluia, Amen.

Devotional || Psalm 16

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

In Psalm 16, David celebrates God’s goodness and everlasting love. When we put all our trust in God, God stands with us through the difficult days of our lives and we receive good gifts from God. Those who put their trust in other gods, do not experience the amazing joy of those who put their trust in the one true God.

We may work hard and think that we have achieved great success in our lives, providing our own security, amassing material possessions, yet this Psalm reminds us that we can’t succeed without God, that joy comes from love for the Lord and that the Lord provides for our abundance. Being in the presence of God brings us joy in any circumstance.

In this time of isolation and working from home, we can depend on God to bring us joy. We can celebrate more family time, more time to relax and rest, away from the rat-race we have been accustomed to. When we lie awake at night worrying about how we will pay bills, or whether we will get sick, or whether our friends and relatives will get sick, we can call on the Lord, who is ever present with us, in the night as well as the day.

When we grieve the loss of loved ones, we know that the Lord is with us throughout our lives and to life eternal.  God is with us and our loved ones are with God. Jesus showed us the way to eternal life as he walked on the earth in his human body and he promised us eternal life with him. So, when we grieve, we remember that our loved ones are with God and we will see them again when it is our time. We live with memories of our lives with those we loved, when they no longer walk with us.

Say to the Lord, “You are my Lord.  Apart from you, I have nothing good.” God will provide. God will be with you. God will bring joy.  Beautiful things are  always in God’s right hand and are meant for us.


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent (based on 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31)

Everlasting and eternal God,  Who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Who saw the pain of the people of Israel and redeemed them from slavery, Who heard the mourning of the captives and ransomed them from their lonely exile, Who watched Your Son Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and raised him up from the dead.

We were so grateful for the celebration of this Easter Sunday that was like no other; Singing Hallelujah at home, at the top of our lungs, along with a virtual choir, Watching the powerful story of the empty tomb from the couch, Sharing a Love Feast with family members, Recognizing how greatly we needed the spirit of Easter and living it out as Easter people.

Now, only five days later, after being filled with the great joy of Jesus’ triumph over death,  We feel like those Israelites who were in captivity, We feel like Thomas who doubted your real presence, We find our daily life compromised by anxiety, fear, and doubt.

There are times when we wonder, “Where is God in this pandemic?” There are times when we feel that God seems so far away, There are times when we think God is absent from our midst, There are times when we ask, “How long, O God, do we need to endure?”

So continue to have mercy upon us, O Lord, And redeem us from the doubt and despair that is within us and around us, Deepen our faith so that we may remain pure and genuine through this trial, Grant us your peace and restore our true Easter joy, Help us to understand that “Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” Help us to love you, O Lord, “even though we do not see you now.”

Risen Savior, We choose to trust in your ever-present love, Our faith will remain “strong through many trials” For “it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” Amen. Hallelujah! 

Devotional || Psalm 98

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

As we celebrate this season of Eastertide, Psalm 98 is a joyful song of praise. We celebrate Christ’s life and all the wonderful things he did during his walk on the earth- the many miracles of healing and casting out demons, and raising people from the dead. We celebrate Jesus death and resurrection, his victory over death. It is a time for celebration and remembering all God’s wonderful works. God has remembered the suffering of God’s people and sent Jesus for their salvation. Jesus came to bring salvation to all the earth.

We rejoice in singing. We rejoice with musical instruments of all kinds. All the earth is celebrating even the seas and mountains and rivers. We remember that on Palm Sunday, Jesus told the authorities that “if the people were silent, the stones themselves would shout”. (Luke 19:40)

God seeks to bring justice to all the earth. Jesus came to bring justice to all the earth.  God continues to seek justice for everyone, yet we are still all in our isolation at home. We still see injustice, as many among us suffer without adequate healthcare. People are losing jobs and health insurance. We are not all suffering equally during this pandemic. African Americans are dying at a much higher rate than Caucasians. Undocumented immigrants are losing their jobs and are not eligible for unemployment payments.

Yet the Psalm reminds us that God is good, and we can rejoice in all the blessings we have received. We can work for justice in this situation. We can join in the celebration of the resurrection and the promise of salvation. We can look for a time when all the earth celebrates the triumphant return of the Messiah when justice truly rules all the earth.


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Erin M. Cline, Family and Community Ministries at Baylor University (offered by William V. Burnside II, Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services)

O God of the Last Supper 
God of the Cross 
And God of the Empty Tomb 
We come before you now and we pause.

We inhale the scent of snow white Easter lilies. 
We see the rain as it falls in veils and sheets of April showers.
And we listen. 

Holy Week has passed. 
But how we long to live by the marvelous story we have heard.

Let us remain ever beside you at the table of the Last Supper.
Show us who is hungry. 
And give us the courage to offer them bread from your table.
Show us who is thirsty. 
And give us the strength to lift up the cup of your love. 

Most of all, show us how to linger at the table, serving others—
Doing ALL that we do 
In remembrance of You, 
And the way You were when You walked this earth. 

We lift these simple, limited words 
Up to you, O God. 

Amen

Devotional || Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

Psalm 136 is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for all of us, manifested through God’s creation.

God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!

We repeat “God’s faithful love lasts forever” after each line as a reminder of all that God has done for us. We remember that God rules over all. God rules over all of our secular leaders as Lord of Lords. We celebrate God’s creation, the skies, the earth, the light from the sun and the moon and the stars. We rejoice that God walks with us during our troubles and provides for food for us and protection from our enemies. And we know that God is the God of heaven and God will take us home when our earthly life ends.

On this most strange Easter Sunday, when we are worshipping in our homes and connected through computers and telephones, we remember that God’s faithful love endures forever. Christ has risen! Through his enduring love he offered himself as a sacrifice for us. He rose again to bring us eternal life.  For  God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. (John 3:16)

God loves all of us, whether we are at home in isolation, in hospitals working to save lives, in police departments and fire departments as first responders, in grocery stores and other essential businesses, whether we have sick family members that we can’t visit, whether we have lost a loved one, but can’t have a public celebration of life, God’s faithful love lasts forever!

Today, as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, but aren’t together physically, we remember that God is with us in our homes, in hospitals, in every place and God’s faithful love lasts forever and finds us wherever we are.


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Resident Bishop of The New England Annual Conference (based on John 20:1-18)

God, our Creator,

Thank you —
     for your generosity and mercy,
     for your power and grace,
     for the resurrection of Jesus,
     who lives among us.

This Easter — 
     we will miss traditional
     gatherings at sunrise,
     voices raised in unison hymns,
     the sound of organ, drum, and trumpet;
     our sanctuaries adorned with fragrant Easter lilies.

This Easter —
     there will be no
     community Easter breakfast,
     no Easter parades or bonnets,
     no neighborhood egg hunts,
     no extended family at our tables.

In the midst of our disappointment, fear, and anxiety,
     in the face of a pandemic that has brought
     illness, death and economic hardship,
     our Easter traditions will not comfort us —
     our idols of wealth, sports, pride, and competition,
     will not save us.

This Easter —
     we need to hear the voice of Jesus;
     we need to see him and hear him ask,
     “Why are you weeping?”
     “For whom are you looking?”
     Like Mary, we need to hear him
     call us by name.

Come to us again, O God —
     to shatter our idols;
     to melt us and mold us,
     to challenge and inspire us;
     to raise us up from the tombs
     where we have stayed too long.

Speak to us once more of —
     your message of life,
     your plan for creation,
     that Easter may be the miracle
     that we live every day.

God, this Easter, we pray most especially
     for people everywhere —
     physicians, nurses, medical support staff,
     pharmacists, scientists, transportation personnel,
     cashiers, farmers, first responders, clergy, civic leaders, and public servants—
     who are risking their lives,
     giving their best,
     leaving self-interest behind,
     in order to take us from a Good Friday world
     to an Easter world;
     we pray for people who are moving us toward
     the vision of your peaceable kin-dom:
     watch over them and their families,
     and grant them your protection and peace
     in this challenging time.

Creator God, we see your majesty all around us —
     robins, crocuses, spring buds and blooms.
     So may our hearts, minds, and souls
     experience resurrection;
     So may we be released from
     apathy to service,
     bitterness to love,
     fear to courage;
     So may we tell the resurrection story
     with our lives.

Holy God, hear our prayer —
     Make us bearers of Good News in the midst of bad;
     Bring us hope in our hour of despair;
     Grant us your peace, in Christ, through the power of your Holy Spirit. 

In the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who taught us to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.
 

Devotional || Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

The Psalmist begins with an expression of love for God. God has heard his prayers, “he inclined his ear to me”- he listened carefully. Sometimes we can’t express our prayers well because we are too emotional. God listens carefully and hears our needs even when we can’t explain them.

In response, the Psalmist then wants to give something back to God in an expression of thanks.

 He says, “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the Lord’s name.“ This Psalm was part of the Passover celebration and likely used during Christ’s last meal with his disciples. It brings us to our celebration of Holy Communion and the cup representing the blood of Christ.  As we meet together in community and celebrate Holy Communion, we are entering into a closer relationship with God through Christ. 

He also says he will keep the promises he has made to the Lord. When we were baptized, our parents made vows to nurture us in the Christian faith and the congregation promises to nurture one another including the person being baptized.  When we joined the church, we made our own vows to be part of the community and to faithfully participate in its’ ministries by our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

He says, “I will be your servant”.  Servanthood is an important part of being Christian. Jesus was a servant leader and as he washed the disciples‘ feet, he spoke to them about servant leadership. We speak of being the hands and feet of Jesus. We join in the work that God has appointed to us, whether it is our job or volunteer work; in the church or in the community. We want to work for the kingdom of God.

In this time, we are celebrating the work of healthcare workers- medical and nursing staff, therapists, and first responders as they care for patients and put their own health at risk. We celebrate the grocery store workers and employees of companies that are still at work, to help us with our essential needs. For some of us, the most important thing we are doing is staying home, calling others who are alone, sending messages of love and care to others.

We are separated physically, but we are still a community of faith, held together by our love for God and one another. We join in the worship of Christ tonight, through his last meal with the disciples, through his prayers in the garden and his arrest by the Roman soldiers. We will remember his trial and crucifixion tomorrow and wait on Saturday in a time of mourning.

In thanks to God, we will offer our thanksgiving and keep the promises that we have made to God.  Praise the Lord!


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III, Rhode Island/Souteastern Massachusetts District Superintendent (based on John 13:1-17 and Psalm 116:15)

Abba Father, Daddy God, it’s me, it’s me, it’s me O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. As this new day unfolds, a day filled with new mercies, I bring your people to your throne of grace, those whose heads are bent down with pain and despair. Those whose lives seem isolated and unbearable. I bring those who miss and even crave the physical fellowship of the sanctuary.

As the song writers, John Thompson and Randy Scruggs, wrote, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” Give them the strength to see beyond the natural, temporary world we live in and increase their faith to sing to the rafters, that You are Lord.

On the night before you were led to a cruel death on a cross for our sins, you not only shared your body and your blood, but you modeled true servant leadership. Just as you washed the dirty smelly and tired feet of all your disciples including Judas, the one who betrayed you with a kiss and 30 pieces of silver. I ask that you provide a healing touch to the souls of all of your creation who are worshiping you virtually.

As we fast approach Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, I also ask that you grant those who have lost loved ones (first responders, family members, colleagues) during this pandemic season your overwhelming peace and presence as you remind them that “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints” (Psalm 116:15). Give them solace to know that nothing will separate them from your great love in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

Please don’t let their faith be weakened during the season of waiting rather increase their ability and desire to seek you even more. Give them strength to run on and see what the end will be.

I seal this prayer in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen (So Be It).

Devotional || Psalm 71:1-14

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

Psalm 71 is a prayer for lifelong protection and help. The Psalmist acknowledges that in our lives we will experience adversity, but we can trust that God is with us throughout our difficulties. God is with us at our birth before we can even know God. John Wesley calls this prevenient grace and it is available to each of us whether we find God in childhood through our parents or later in life through others.

God is also with us as our refuge, God lives within us when we accept Him as our savior. We can depend on God in every phase of our lives even to our old age, when we seem weak and frail, God gives us strength to go on and is with us when we leave this life to our heavenly home.

In this time the enemy is Coronavirus, but the enemy is also loneliness and fear. We can’t physically touch one another, but God can hold us close without fear. We may be lacking in personal protective equipment, but God is our refuge and strength and our protector.

In this Holy Week, we think of Jesus time on the earth, his instructions to strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be given to you. (Matt 6:33). In Jesus time of trial he went to the garden to pray, he asked that the cup might be taken from him, but God’s will be done. His persecution was extreme, yet he depended on God’s strength throughout his ordeal.

We can trust in God in these times and we will praise the Lord for the comfort , protection and love God brings.


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson, Director of Connectional Ministries/Assistant to the Bishop

Holy One, 

It is Tuesday of the holiest of weeks. And yet our thoughts are far from holy.  

We are grateful for the psalmists who give us permission to cry out to you from the depths of our souls, with honesty, no holding back. 

Take #71 … she speaks my truth so well this day: from belief, to fear, to hope … and back again 

In you, O Lord, I take refuge
         Deliver me 
                     Rescue me 
                               Listen to me 
                                              Save me 
You are my hope, my fortress 
                     Do not cast me off in old age 
                                Do not forsake me when my
strength is spent 
                                                Do not leave me 
I will not give up hope … I will praise you even more. 

Thank you God, for psalmists, poets, preachers, prophets, and for your Spirit which intercedes for us when we just don’t have our own words to express the prayers in our hearts. 

In you we take refuge … our strength and redeemer.  

May it be so. 

Devotional || Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

Today, we celebrate Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. the people cheered and shouted Hosanna, waving palm branches and placing them in the road as Jesus entered the city. The Psalm today is the prophecy of this entrance.

In the New Revised Standard Version, the Psalmist says, ”This is the gate of the Lord, the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.” And in verse 27-28, “The Lord is God, and has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God and I will extol you.”

We know that the crowds will turn against Jesus very soon after His triumphant entry, and that he will be tried and convicted and crucified before the end of the week. It is Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection that brings our salvation.

Jesus the Messiah is the way to enter into God’s presence. Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith, the reason that we can rejoice in every circumstance because we know that God is present with us  every day, on our good days and bad.

During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, we can be assured that God is with us: with those at home in isolation or quarantine; with those on the frontlines – EMS and healthcare workers; those who are still working to serve the public- in grocery stores and pharmacies; with delivery drivers; with those who are ill in the hospitals or at home and can’t have family with them; and those who are mourning the loss of life, but can’t have a funeral service. We may not be able to be physically present with each other, yet we know that God is present with each one of us. God is present with all of us, bringing hope and comfort and love.

So, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his steadfast love endures forever.


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Rev. Taesung-Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent

O God of Creation,
You are indeed in our world.
From dawn to dusk; from mountain tops to beneath the sea; and from west to east.
When we gather in the sanctuary to sing to you songs of joyful salvation,
When we scatter to our own homes to offer our cry to you for help,
You are near us and surround us.
Have mercy on us, for in you we take refuge.
Help us to “see the Sovereign Lord is on our side.”

O God of Wisdom,
You are at work in our world.
Through the leaders of our world who make life-altering, community-shifting decisions for our nations,  
Through the hands of first responders, medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers, responsible for fighting the new coronavirus,
Through the hands of grocery store workers and delivery drivers,
Grant them your guidance, wisdom, and protection.
They are how we “see the Sovereign Lord is on our side.”

O God of Peace,
Who transcends all our understanding.
May your abiding peace and comfort come upon
Those who lost their loved ones,
Those who are infected with COVID-19, 
Those in quarantine,
Those at a higher risk of contracting the disease,
Those who lost their jobs and are facing financial crisis,
Those in undocumented communities,
Those who are adjusting to their new ways of life,
Give them your peace so that they may have no fear and their hearts may be at ease.
Help them to “see the Sovereign Lord is on our side”

O God of Comfort,
Who never grows weary.
Awaken us each morning with your hope and clothe us with your mercy,
And “open our understanding to your will.”
Give us your perspective and teach us how to pray.
Fill us with your comfort
So that we may share your comfort with the weary.

“Even if we are walking in darkness without a ray of light,
May we trust in the Lord and rely on our God.”
We trust God’s help is here.
God is indeed in our world.
“See, the Sovereign Lord is on our side.”

Devotional || Psalm 31:9-18

By Beth Ferguson, Lay Leader and Member to the Annual Conference.

This Psalm of David (Psalm 31:9-18) was likely written during one of David’s escapes from Saul. Here he was, God’s chosen and anointed, running for his life. David was called to be the next king of Israel, yet he feared for his life as Saul tried to kill him. He was on the sidelines, rejected by everyone. People were afraid to associate with him because Saul might take his wrath out on them. He was depressed, sick and grieving.

Many of us are also feeling sidelined. We have been called to a type of work and now are sitting in isolation, afraid to be around others for fear that we will get sick or make someone else sick. Our jobs are gone. Volunteer opportunities are gone.

Isolation and loneliness cause depression. What do we do to keep busy when we can’t work? In my case, I am hearing calls for retired healthcare workers to come back to work to care for so many who are sick, yet my health prevents me from doing that. Others worked in restaurants and small businesses that are closed for the duration. Others are working in their homes without the camaraderie of the office. And yet we know that God is with us, bringing us comfort and hope that this will end soon, and we will be able to return to our in-person lives together.

The Psalm continues with David placing his hope in the Lord. Verse 14, But me, I trust you Lord. I affirm, you are my God. My future is in your hands. … Shine your face on your servant: save me by your faithful love! The next verses of the Psalm continue, Your overflowing goodness You have kept for those who live in awe of You, and You share your goodness with those who make You their sanctuary.

These times will end, we don’t know when, but God is with us, and will continue to be with us until we are back to our normal lives and beyond.


A Prayer from the Extended Cabinet

By Rev. Megan Stowe, Central Massachusetts District Superintendent

Be gracious to me, O God, for I am in distress:
      Financial resources are depleting, and grocery shelves are bare.
      Some jobs are closing, while others are forced to work in unsafe environments exposed to the virus.
     Children are out of school.
     Loved ones are ill and I cannot visit them at the hospital.
     Loved ones have died and we cannot schedule the funerals.
Be gracious to me, O God, for I am in distress:

But I trust in you, O God;
     The sun will continue to rise and set.
      Helpers will care for the most vulnerable: the elderly, the immunocompromised, the homeless, the undocumented and recent immigrants.
      You call us each your beloved child.
I trust in you, O God.

I say, “You are my God.”
       Even when we cannot worship together in the sanctuary.
       Even when we are not allowed out of our residences.
       Even when the world seems to ignore you.
You are my God.

Save me in your steadfast love (hesed*).
      Forgive my rebellious nature, forgive my trespasses.
       You have been with me at my best and you are with me at my worst.
       You are the God who hears and responds with hesed.
       I place all my confidence in your steadfast love.
Save me in your steadfast love.

*hesed: (Hebrew) that can be translated as mercy, compassion, steadfast love, faithfulness or grace.