Obed Akuma

(1981 / Nyamira, Kenya)

Forsake me not, O Lord. -Psalm 38: 21

Father, forsake not your child,
Lest he fall by the hand of the enemy.
Shepherd, forsake not your lamb,
Lest he wander from the safety of the fold.
Great Husbandman, forsake not your plant,
Lest it wither and die.
Forsake me not, O Lord,
And forsake me not at any moment of my life.
Forsake me not in my joys,
Lest they absorb my heart.
Forsake me not in my sorrows,
Lest I murmur against you.
Forsake me not in the day of my repentance,
Lest I lose the hope of pardon,
And fall into despair;
And forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith,
Lest faith degenerate into presumption.
Forsake me not, for without you I am weak,
But with you am strong.
Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous,
And full of snares, and I cannot do without your guidance.
The hen forsakes not her brood,
Do then evermore cover me with your feathers,
And permit me under your wings to find my refuge.
Be not far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near,
For there is none to help.' 'Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation! ''
O ever in our cleansed breast,
Bid your Eternal Spirit rest;
And make our secret soul
To be A temple pure and worthy Your presence.'

Submitted: Monday, May 25, 2009

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