The Lord Is My Pace Setter

Psalm 23 has probably been set to music and paraphrased more than any other part of the Bible.  This contemporary version was written Toki Miyashina, a Japanese Christian.  It seems especially timely right now as many of us have had to slow down and live at a less hurried pace while we have been sheltering in place.  The peace, serenity and tranquility that this psalm evokes is something I hope we can take with us after this pandemic is over as we seek to "walk in the pace of my Lord."  

The Lord is my pace setter . . . I shall not rush.
He makes me to stop for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness
which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the way of efficiency
through calmness of mind
and his guidance his peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, 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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