The Y2K Psalm

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O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit at my PC and when I step away.
You understand my modem, and the whole e-mail thing.
You know the way I let the Internet waste my time,
   but too how it has let me keep in contact
   with family and friends around the globe.
Even before I've touched the keyboard, You know what I'll write.
It is hard for me to comprehend that You're standing at my shoulder
every time I sign on to AOL.
You are awesome, Lord, and the Y2K uncertainties can't disturb You
like they do me and lots of people around me.
Where can I go that Your spirit isn't with me?
Or could I get away from Your love and protection,
   if I was running in fear come Jan. 1, 2000?
If my electricity shuts down, You are there.
If I have to speed under 2 down comforters to keep warm
   when my gas furnace fails to operate, You are there.
If the city can't keep the water pumping
   or my ATM is "out of service" You'll take care of me.
If, on Dec. 31 1999, I cry "surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
   and the light around me will be night"
   even the darkness is not light to you,
   and the day is as bright as the night.
Darkness and light are alike to you.
You made me, Lord, and You love me.
Your works have no glitches, no shutdowns, no power failures.
My days, with or without computers,
   were planned by You before I was even born!
You, Lord, are without limits, always knowing,
   and seeing, and doing.
Faith in technology is a sin,
   and I pray for Your forgiveness for the times
I've trusted it with my comfort, happiness and cash.
Help me to be faithful to You, and not panic
   when I hear of shortages, outages, and chaos.
Help me to be prepared to help others, physically and spiritually.
Help me to be an enemy to fear monger,
   and help me to show those who are truly afraid of the future
   how to put their trust in You, Lord, the Almighty One.
Keep Your eye on me, O God, and touch my heart.
Give me Your peace, and make me share it with others.
Keep my eyes on You, now and forever.
Y2K... Yield to the King.

This page is part of the collection of Christian Scholarship essays from the Computer Science Department at Calvin College.