Thursday, April 19, 2012

The LORD Our Pacesetter

There has been many versions of the famous Psalm 23, also known as the Shepherd's Psalm. Often read at funeral services, or during difficult times, it brings comfort to the soul. Here is one version that enables us to ponder and to reflect about learning to pace ourselves in a fast-paced society. Maybe, it is not the world that is fast-paced. It is our lack of self-discipline that ALLOWS our hearts to be distracted by the world. May this version remind us about the Lord as our Shepherd.

THE LORD IS MY PACE SETTER (Author: unknown)

The Lord is my pacesetter; I shall not rush.
He makes me stop for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness Which restore my serenity.

He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,
And his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things To accomplish each day,
I will not fret, For his presence is here.

His timelessness and his all-importance Will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity
By anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Truly harmony and effectiveness
Shall be the fruits of my hours,
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
And dwell in His house forever.



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