the Lord changed rivers into deserts : and water springs into thirsty ground,

a fruitful land into salt flats : because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.

he changed deserts into pools of water : and dry land into water springs.

he lifted up the poor out of misery : and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.

the upright will see this and rejoice : but all wickedness will shut its mouth.

whoever is wise will ponder these things : and consider well the mercies of the Lord.

let your justice flow down like waters, Lord : and shower us with your mercy.

psalm 107:33-35, 41-43

book of common prayer, reading for aug. 22