The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle

The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle

by Martha Spong (Editor)


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The Words of her Mouth is a balm in this season of spiritual strife and political struggle. One hundred fifty original psalms invite the reader into honest space in which lament is heard, love is affirmed, and the body is unashamed before God. Taking their cue from the ancient psalms, ten modern psalmists take seriously these days of child separation, climate change, #MeToo, and #BlackLivesMatter. In wrestling and praise, the psalms evoke our own prayers and give expression to the sighs we have not yet uttered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829820249
Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Writer and editor Martha Spong is a United Church of Christ pastor and clergy leadership coach, committed to sustaining clergy-women and amplifying diverse voices in faith. Under her leadership, the ecumenical organization RevGalBlogPals received the United Church of Christ's Antoinette Brown Catalyst Award for providing a provocative space that advances women in ministry. Martha is the co-author of Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) and the editor of There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments, and the Healing Power of Humor. Martha lives in Pennsylvania with her Presbyterian pastor wife and their family.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

1 Check In

2 Alongside

3 The Voice That Murmurs

4 I Go to My Room

5 The Acrid Aroma of One-Sided Stories

6 For Mr. J

7 Do I Have To?

8 What about the Children?

9 The Same Book

10 Tell Me Something Better

11 Like a Bird

12 Help

13 Grief

14 Eaten up

15 A Family Story

16 I Lean on the One

17 That Good Rest

18 Delight

19 Ordinary and Astounding

20 Desire

21 Thanks on Our Lips

22 Steady Stream

23 Are You?

24 Illegitimate Kings

25 What I Need

26 Her Table

27 Hope for the Here and Now

28 Give Thanks

29 The Voice

30 Favor Ain't Fair

31 A Silence from Boasting

32 Secret

33 A Newborn Song

34 Bubbles

35 Shout for Joy

36 David

37 Worst-Case Scenario

38 Exiled

39 You Call This Love?

40 Ink Prayer

41 Do You?

42 Thirsting

43 Disquieted

44 Dr. Weems

45 Not Fully Human to You

46 Imagine

47 I Want a Different God

48 Courage

49 And Where Are You?

50 The Intangibles

51 Sorry

52 Break You Down

53 Who Will Save?

54 Conversation Partner

55 Betrayal

56 Counting Tears

57 Your Wings

58 The Last Word

59 At the Expense of Another

60 Groundhog Day

61 Heritage

62 Small

63 Wee Hours

64 Not Accidental

65 Her Masterpieces

66 God of the Soft Whisper

67 The Most Basic Blessing

68 Provided

69 Semi-Colon

70 But Let Me Smile

71 Shout

72 Where Are You?

73 The So-Called Upright

74 Shall I Continue?

75 What Falls with Us?

76 Your Works All Praise You

77 Your Silence

78 Wrath

79 We Are Not Repentant

80 The People Protest

81 Bee

82 Today I Will Rise Up

83 Naming

84 Forever Home

85 To Burn with Rage

86 Turn Up

87 Would That There Were

88 My Body, Your Image

89 The Story of My Life

90 Making Trouble

91 Never Answered

92 Choose Me

93 Lolita

94 Speak to Me of Goodness

95 God of the Water

96 There Is No One Like Our Mother

97 Stars

98 Make Noise!

99 Make Yourself Useful

100 Thousands and Thousands

101 Pull Me Back

102 Wardrobe Malfunctions

103 Blessings

104 An Instrument of Praise

105 Promises

106 How Can I Confess for My Nation?

107 Hard Hope

108 Awake!

109 Swallowed

110 Wait. What?

111 Covenant

112 Remembered Forever

113 For the Mothers of Fading Fires

114 A Place to Rest

115 Circles

116 I'm Gonna Speak

117 Praise, Even If

118 Simply

119 I Will Watch for You

120 Lies

121 Created

122 A Stranger Peace

123 Tight

124 We Would Not Have Made It

125 Uncertain

126 You Owe Me More Meaning

127 Reclaiming My Time

128 Flourish the Results

129 I Was Not

130 Sophia

131 Nursing

132 Where God Lives

133 The Taste in My Mouth

134 Splay Your Fingers Wide

135 Why Did You Choose Violence?

136 Gratitude for Their Wonders

137 Too Far

138 My Work

139 I Am All These Things

140 Be a Fence

141 The Good Hurt

142 Hiding Out

143 Thirst

144 Quickly

145 The Glory of Your Kin-dom

146 Will All Crumble

147 Not True

148 Get Excited!

149 Good Music

150 Exhale Glory

Acknowledgments 165

About the Editor 167

Contributors 169

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