Psalm 62 – adapted for Bill Paget, a colleague dying from lymphoma + a Personal Note

In You alone my soul rest in silence; my help comes from You.
You alone are my foundation, my sanctuary where I find stability and peace.

How long will You put my body through the roller-coaster of this lymphoma?
The disease has rendered me so tired like an old wall falling apart.
Will you continue to put me and my loved ones through
            oscillating hope and disappointment?
Through all these, never let us turn away from You.

For You alone my soul waits in silence.
My hope is from you, my God.
I trust You with my loving family and friends.
Do not let anger or sorrow ever blur our vision of You.
You are the source of our life,
even though we will never understand your plan.

Trust in God at all times, my family and friends.
I may be leaving this world; in God we remain together as one.
Like the wind that blows or the clouds that come and go,
whether we are healthy or sick, young or old,
      wealthy or poor, educated or ignorant
we will all meet You in the end.
Let us set our hearts not on things impermanent.

In You alone, my God, my soul shall rest.
Memories of my life flash in front of me.
Faith instilled and nurtured by You through people I met and events of daily life,
       is now being put to test from moment to moment.
Keep me and my loved ones close to you as I journey this passage
       to come home to Your eternal love.


A Personal Note and Correction:
The July 23 edition of igNation wrongly attributed the poem - So Secretly - to me 
rather than to the actual author - Greg Kennedy, SJ.  The correction has been made 
and I have apologized to Greg for this.  John Pungente, SJ

Vicky Chen is an alumna of St. Michael and Regis, a music helper and an active parishioner of Holy Rosary, Burlington, Ontario.

  • Sami Helewa, SJ
    Posted at 11:10h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you for this reflection inspired by sickness and a psalm. I like how both of them meet in your writing and I am sorry for your friend.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 12:33h, 24 July Reply

    Thank you Vicky!

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