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Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
       he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.
       He guides me in paths of righteousness
       for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk
       through the valley of the shadow of death, 
       I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff,
       they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
       in the presence of my enemies.
       You anoint my head with oil;
       my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me
       all the days of my life,
       and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

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I’ve taken our boys to a nearby state park many times in the past 20 years to catch crawdads and wade in the creek, but for some reason this year it is calling my name for an entirely different reason.

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I’ve found a safe place here. 

Beside quiet waters.

Moving steadily.

Promising that God’s love never stops flowing.

Transforming rocks like He is transforming my soul.

I go here often.

He leads me to these quiet waters.

And longs to restore my soul.

And as He does I am somehow able to understand that even in the valley of the shadow of death my cup does truly overflow….

Because I am reminded that..

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”


Thankful for quiet waters and hoping you can find some refreshment in them too,