Spiritual Practice

Life’s Rhythms

Roberta Porter

Once in sorrow,
I turned to Psalms, to poetry.
I found the psalmist, crying out to God
in grief, asking how long
must this sorrow continue?
No pat answers come.
The writer continues:
“But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” (Psalm 13:5, NRSV)

Discover poetry in scripture. Read Psalm 13.

We still cry out in grief,
and the rhythm of poetry still reminds us:
in the rhythm of life, in joy and in sorrow,
God is love
and can be trusted.


TRY THIS: In the next few weeks, read through the Book of Psalms. Which ones express emotions that you are feeling? Which would offer you faith and hope in times of joy? in times of sorrow?

Write down these psalms and post them in your room. Read them when you need to know that God is love and can be trusted.

—from devozine (November/December 2000). Copyright © 2000 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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