Psalm 42 is one of my favorites – it speaks meaning into a variety of circumstances. I’m taking a writing class this semester, and we had an in class assignment to write a prayer using the form of a “collect.” The basic structure is a address to God, an attribution to God, a request from God based on that attribution, something we hope would result from the fulfillment of that request, and ending of praise. Below is my collect.
You who are the Living Water,
you nourish our lives as you quench our thirst.
Fill our broken hearts with your deep wholeness,
that our longing for you might overflow into joyful praise;
we wait for you in hope, God our Source, our Life, and our Strength.