With what words do we express thanksgiving?
How do we convey the depths of our gratitude?
Good on you, Friend,
for being a presence of Christ to me.
You came when I needed you
I didn’t have to ask. You didn’t have to say.
You just turned up out of the blue,
carrying no luggage,
both hands free to carry mine,
and somehow, you made it look
as though I was doing you a favour,
letting you be there.
It beats me how you knew what a burden I was bearing.
You know, I can’t believe that I talked so much
or that you could be attentive for such a long time.
But I do know that when I left you,
the sun was shining
and there was a beautiful day waiting to be used.
So good on you, friend, for being there, and letting me tell my story,
and for giving to me three ways
as a friend
as a teacher of what friendship is all about
and as a channel of something that I call holiness.
Joy Cowley is a prolific writer of spiritual books and children’s books. This Psalm is from Come and See which includes liturgical items based on Biblical texts. A list of Joy’s publications will give you an idea of the breadth of her writing. All royalties from her books support an orphanage in South India.
A printable presentation of Psalm 104 (adapted from the New Revised Standard Version) accompanied by photos by George Reiss.Psalm 104 accompanied by photos
Operation Noah –‘faith motivated, science informed and hope inspired’– is ‘an ecumenical Christian UK charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering God’s creation.’ Language is often, but not always, inclusive.’
Thank you for my eyes
that help me see the world.
Thank you for my ears
that bring music to my soul.
Thank you for my feet
that keep me on the ground.
Thank you for my hands
that I can wave around.
For fingers and toes,
Mouth and nose,
Chin and hair,
And even elbows
For my smile and my laugh,
My frown and my cry,
My highs and my lows,
And everything in between.
For all the many
And wonderful things
That make me me.
Thank you God. Amen.