*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful PHOTO PROMPT ©Ted Strutz

The place was empty. I wondered at her forlorn look.

I sipped my drink wondering: Did she lose someone? Had business been dull? Was she lonely? Did someone let her down?

I wanted to reach out to her, but left feeling embarrassed.

Next day I saw it was no more there.

I wished I had told her of the One who bottles all our tears…


*PSALM 56 (From the Bible)

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized 
him in Gath. To be sung to the tune “Dove on Distant Oaks.”

O God, have mercy on me,
     for people are hounding me.
     My foes attack me all day long.
 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
     and many are boldly attacking me.
 But when I am afraid,
     I will put my trust in you.
 I praise God for what he has promised.
     I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
     What can mere mortals do to me?

 They are always twisting what I say;
    they spend their days plotting to harm me.
 They come together to spy on me—
     watching my every step, eager to kill me.
 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
     in your anger, O God, bring them down.

 8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
     You have recorded each one in your book.

My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
    This I know: God is on my side!
 10 I praise God for what he has promised;
     yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
 11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
     What can mere mortals do to me?

 12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
     and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
 13 For you have rescued me from death;
     you have kept my feet from slipping.
 So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
     in your life-giving light.


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