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Friday, 25 March 2022

For Ukraine: A Lament based on Psalm 23 (З українською версією, перекладеною Google-перекладами)

 


Ukrainian Airport after Russian attack

Written at a Quiet Day: ‘Retreat into the Psalms’: 19.3.22:

 

A Lament based on Psalm 23

 

When reading Psalms, we, in the UK read them against the background of this time of long peace (since 1945) which must be one of the longest peace periods in the terrain of any country on record: we are very blessed. But this makes it impossible to even begin to imagine what it is like to be terrorised by armed aggressors and have to flee for your life. Something so traumatic, so terrifying, so appalling must surely justify even one of the most comforting of Psalms being turned into a Lament. Here is an inevitably inexperienced attempt at Lament for the people of Ukraine and every other battle zone of this sad world, where evil forces innocent people to forsake everything with which they are familiar, to survive.

 

I dedicate this to the people of Ukraine – and pray for miracles for them.

 

A Lament based on Psalm 23

  

The Lord is my shepherd:

But the wolf has chased me from green pastures

and I am in a wilderness;

a place without water,

a place without comfort,

a place of terror for me and my lambs.

 

I shall not want:

But I do want.

I want to be taken home without the menace

of tanks and missiles

and invading forces.

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures 

and leads me beside still waters:

I have had to forsake

all the green pastures I have ever known

as I flee for my life and my children’s lives.

Neither are there any still waters

In this surging, chaotic tempest. 

 

He restores my soul:

Nothing, but nothing can restore

my soul in its anguish –

even the kindness of strangers

who do what they can to help from day to day.

I need the light of the Lord

to penetrate this,

the darkest night of my soul;

my night of bitter tears.

 

He leads me in the paths of righteousness:

But I am chased with my fellow refugees

into the murderous swamps of evil

and despondency because of those

who wish us harm.

 

For His Names sake:

I have called.

My companions have called on you Lord:

but it is as if you are deaf to our calls.

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:

I am full of fear

for my life, 

for the lives of my children

and my children’s children:

for our assailants

kill us indiscriminately

and I feel as if you are absent.

 

For you are with me, Your rod and staff comfort me.

I am as a lamb

abandoned by my shepherd.

Your rod and Your staff

give me little comfort

against the armaments

that are flung against me

and my companions of the moment,

as each bleak minute

follows each bleak minute.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

I long for the abundance of a feast 

in the presence of my enemies;

but they would have me starve to death.

I long to see the fruits of my home country

feeding my own people

in their homes and in their fields.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

O mighty God, who delights in peace and justice,

Restore, soon, our homes, 

restore our communities

and bring the mighty gift of shalom back into our land,

which the Enemy

has so wilfully destroyed.

 

Trevor Thorn: March 2022.


A PDF Version to download for printing can be found HERE


In Ukrainian by Google Translation


Плач на основі Псалма 23
 
Читаючи псалми, ми у Великобританії читаємо їх на тлі цього довгого миру (з 1945 року), який має бути одним із найдовших мирних періодів на території будь-якої країни за всю історію: ми дуже благословенні. Але це не дає можливості навіть уявити, що таке тероризувати збройні агресори і рятуватися життям тікати. Щось таке травмуюче, таке жахливе, таке жахливе, безсумнівно, повинно виправдати, щоб навіть один із найвтішних псалмів перетворився на Плач. Тут неодмінно недосвідчена спроба Плачу за народом України та будь-якої іншої зони бою цього сумного світу, де зло змушує невинних людей покинути все, що їм знайоме, щоб вижити.
 
Я присвячую це народу України – і молюся про чудеса для них.
Плач на основі Псалма 23
  
Господь мій пастир:
Але вовк прогнав мене з зелених пасовищ
а я в пустині;
місце без води,
місце без затишку,
місце жаху для мене та моїх ягнят.
 
я не хочу:
Але я хочу.
Я хочу, щоб мене забрали додому без загрози
танків і ракет
і сили вторгнення.
 
Він змушує мене лежати на зелених пасовищах
і веде мене біля тихих вод:
Мені довелося відмовитися
всі зелені пасовища, які я коли-небудь знав
як я втікаю за своє життя та життя своїх дітей.
Немає і тихої води
У цій бурхливій, хаотичній бурі.
 
Він відновлює мою душу:
Ніщо, але ніщо не може відновити
моя душа в муках -
навіть доброзичливість незнайомців
які щоденно допомагають чим можуть.
Мені потрібно світло Господнє
щоб проникнути в це,
найтемніша ніч моєї душі;
моя ніч гірких сліз.
Він веде мене стежками праведності:
Але мене ганяють з моїми побратимами-біженцями
у вбивчі болота зла
і зневіра через те
які бажають нам зла.
 
Заради Його імен:
я подзвонив.
Мої супутники закликали Тебе, Господи:
але наче ти глухий до наших закликів.
 
Хоч я йду долиною смертної тіні,
Я не буду боятися зла:
Я сповнена страху
за моє життя,
за життя моїх дітей
і діти моїх дітей:
для наших нападників
вбивати нас без розбору
і я відчуваю, ніби ти відсутній.
 
Бо Ти зі мною, Твій жезл і жезл мене втішають.
Я як ягня
покинута моїм пастухом.
Твій жезл і Твій посох
дай мені мало втіхи
проти озброєння
які кидаються проти мене
і мої супутники моменту,
як кожна похмура хвилина
слідує за кожною похмурою хвилиною.
 
Ти готуєш переді мною стіл перед моїми ворогами.
Я прагну до великого бенкету
в присутності моїх ворогів;
але вони хотіли б, щоб я помер з голоду.
Я прагну побачити плоди рідної країни
годувати свій народ
у своїх домівках і на своїх полях.
 
Напевно, добро і милосердя супроводжуватимуть мене по всі дні мого життя.
О, могутній Боже, що насолоджуєшся миром і справедливістю,
Відновіть, швидше, наші домівки,
відновити наші громади
і повернути могутній дар Шалому в нашу землю,
який Ворог
так свідомо знищив.


Another Prayer for Ukraine can be found at Sennacherib 2022

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