A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

You heard me when I called, . . . and You caught me as I fell I rested in your arms as You carried me from darkness into light You dried my tears, and You lifted my fears from my shoulders I leaned upon your breast, . . . and I heard you call me …

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As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. — Psalm 42:1 This picture from the Jewish Mindfulness Face Book page started me day-dreaming about standing on the bridge and listening to the forest around me and I thought how lovely and restful. So today I offer you an …

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“Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job: 42:6 “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.” Psalm 51:6 Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Growing up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition I knew about Ash Wednesday but the …

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Psalm 32:11 Be glad in LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart The Psalmist says to “shout for joy, all you upright in heart,” but I am not very joyful, this year and in all honesty I don’t feel ‘upright’ at the moment.  I have been listening to …

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Numbers 6:26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Psalms 29:11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Peace certainly seems in short supply this year.  We are preparing for the birth of light yet darkness seems to rule in so many places. My heart is heavy …

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The only gift I have to offer this week is my sorrow for Paris, Beirut, Syria, Iraq, and all of us.  So I offer the Psalms I go to when I am in the midst of sorrow and pain.  May your hearts be comforted by the words of the psalmist and may you find solace …

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Psalm 23:1-3 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul.*He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  In the last several months I have been struggling to find the calm midst the shootings in Umpqua, the deaths of those …

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Psalm 23: 1-3  The Lord is my shepherd: I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to water in places of repose; He renews my life; He guides me in right paths as befits his name. (The Jewish Study Bible, Tanakh Translation) I subscribe to a Native American spirituality …

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Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 Today I am asking you to offer prayers for those in the fire zones in Washington and Oregon and for the families and friends of the three firefighters …

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Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, . . . O that today you would hearken to his voice! In the last couple of weeks as I have been recuperating from back surgery I have listened to a fair amount of music.  Music centers me and reduces the amount of pain I have which means …

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