Blades of Grass

A personal paraphrase of Psalm 90



You have always been our home

Before the mountains were thrust up

Or the earth itself was shaped

You were our God

Yet at your word we turn to dust

For time has no substance to you

Substance has no substance to you

And so you sweep us away

Like blades of grass

That push themselves up at daybreak

And are hacked down by dusk

O, Lord

You frighten us

Your anger is more than we can bear

We know we sin

We know that you know we sin

How could you not?

Just look at all we’ve done

Does it sicken you?

How could it not?

Does it make you want to start again?

To clear us away

Like so many forgotten cobwebs?

Is this all we are?

Things that exist

And then cease to exist?


Teach us to see as you see, Lord

Fill our hearts

With You

We are lost in the present

Like blades of grass

And this is all we have

Unless you stay with us


And lead us beyond the dusk

Into a different morning

Erase our sorrow

And displace it with your joy

For too long we have forgotten

–but no more–

That you are our Father

And we are your children

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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21 Responses to Blades of Grass

  1. trE says:

    Amen. These are some powerful words to read this morning, Mitch. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. abeaustin says:

    That’s beautiful, very well written!

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  3. gregoryjoel says:

    Thank you Mitch! This came at the perfect time to share with someone in desperate need of words of lament and healing!

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  4. IanC555 says:

    Oh Yeah! That’s a real good one…so powerful in reminding us that God has done what is stated…swept us away to begin anew. And it shows us where our safety is. We would abide in safety. thank you so much for this! It IS very helpful!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your take on this Psalm. I like the fresh perspective. (But I still have that song going through my head now, anyway.)

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  6. Heidi Viars says:

    Hebrews 10:31 comes to mind …
    “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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  7. Love it! I just read that Psalm the other day and wondered why it was not one of my favorites! Thank you for highlighting it!

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  8. smzang says:

    While it is a personal paraphrasing, it is universal in its hunger for God and the permanence He offers. Your ‘Blades’ is very different from Whitman’s ‘Leaves’.
    It lifts the reader beyond the temporary.

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  9. numrhood says:

    Mitch upload psalm 65


  10. mmyselfni3 says:

    “Teach us to see as you see, Lord”😍

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  11. Mathew Philip says:


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  12. Amen! Nicely said!

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  14. cat9984 says:

    Sometimes people remind of those projects that I start that aren’t working out all that well, but I won’t give up on because of the time I’ve already invested.

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