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ajesuitgroupMany composers of religious hymns use the psalms as their inspiration and lyrics. This morning I am taken back to my novitiate days as I read a verse from Psalm 27 that exclaims: One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.. (vs. 4) I can feel the fervor engendered by the song, written by one of the Sisters, whose refrain was just those words. Were it not 6:00AM, I might have to burst into song right now, so impressed still on my heart is the message and the hope of that desire. And as I began to write, another version just as engaging, came to mind. Written in the 1970s by one of the St. Louis Jesuits, five marvelous musicians, the sentiment is embellished a bit and made more urgent as they sing: One thing I ask; this alone I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all my days, for one day within Your temple heals every day alone. O Lord, bring me to your dwelling!

By their rendition of the psalm I am reminded not only of the necessity of seeking the presence of God in whatever the circumstances of my day, but also to be aware that my progress on this road to God is a mutual seeking. I trust that God wants me as much as I want God (probably more!) so asking God to get me there is a very good idea! So I greet this day with gratitude for these melodies in my heart and a determination to sing all day long.