a psalm for recovery

As I was meditating on the sorrowful mysteries on the rosary last night, I thought about how Jesus, in the garden, purposely allowed himself to put in a position of powerlessness in order to complete his work on earth. The first thing that a person in addiction recovery does is to admit that they are powerless, and honestly, I have to admit it constantly.

As I focus on the incarnation of Christ and all that the incarnation implies, I realize that Jesus has also felt that powerlessness, and he willingly allowed it. So I wrote this in the style and flow of Psalm 23.

Jesus is my example,
I will follow him.
He desires to lead me to healing;
he cheers me on.

Although I sink low and have to admit I’m powerless,
the Lord is with me.
Because of his human life on earth,
he walks with me.
His submission to powerlessness shows me the way,
it gives me hope.
Surely Jesus is right beside me,
his presence with me,
all the days of my life,
past, present and future,
and he is healing me.

Published by MaryClare StFrancis

MaryClare StFrancis is a writer who sounds as boring as hell but who is intimately acquainted with the horrific and the sacred. For a long time, darkness has been her friend, but she now walks in the light of Christ. As a committed Episcopalian, her main contribution to the church is her ability to make the priests facepalm or swear, depending on the day and context. MaryClare has a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing and lives in Mississippi with her four children.

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