I was interviewed on UCB Christian Radio on Wednesday last week. Although I was nervous the presenter Ruth put me at ease and the hour flew by very quickly.
She played both of the songs I’d requested: And can it be? plus Such Love. I was asked why I’d chosen them.
Ruth also took me by surprise by asking if there was one of my poems I’d like to read. Fortunately the interview was by Zoom and I was in the room where I keep them and was able to easily locate the file while And Can it Be was playing and have a quick flick through. This is the one I chose because it sums up quite a bit of my story. It is based on a psalm and I explained that anyone can do this. Pick a psalm and as you prayerfully read it change the words to your own reflecting your prayer.
A retreatant’s psalm (written on last day)
Praise the lord O my soul
Let all that is within me bless his holy name.
For he heard my cries, my tears, my sighs
my pondering the same old problems
yet again needing his help,
seeking him with all my heart.
He restores my soul
I trust in Him.
Who is this ‘me’ I’m now so glad to be?
I’m called by name, I am His –
adventurous, trusting Bess
perfectionist, pious Elizabeth
and faithful, loving Liz
A rose in full bloom
delicate and sweetly perfumed
beautifully and wonderfully made
and precious in His sight.
Remembering his tender kiss on my forehead
as he held my hands.
I trust in his as together we go forward
When rough roads and storms I have to face
I’ll conquer my fears and foes in God’s grace.
I will not be afraid, for he is with me
and I will stay in him.
He will go with me
as I witness and serve in his name
gathering people to him
seeking first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness
the Lord will supply my needs.
Praise the Lord O my soul
let all that is within me
bless his holy name.
I thank God for taking the circumstances of my life
and redeeming them into the person I am today.
Here’s the link to the interview https://www.ucb.co.uk/ruth