Short Common Time 2016

Be strong, 

     stand firm, 

have no fear of them, 

no terror, for Yahweh,

    Your God

 is going with you;

 he will not fail you 

    or desert you. 

(The New Jerusalem Bible, Deuteronomy 31.6)



 my Good Shepherd:


you hold me

    when I can no longer stand

  on my own.

You Breath in me


 to laugh 

 to dance 

to pray 

     as I step through

    the valley of gloomy shadows.

With Courageous Heart

 as my guide and

     Your Love

 as my shield, I walk on. 

     Your sun 

is just up ahead. Indeed,

    these are only shadows.


by Lara Stoudt