May 4

Psalm 23

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” vss. 2-3

We live in a grimy and confused world and our souls are easily sapped by the continual pressures of daily living. Bit by bit anxieties and worries chip away at us and fear steps in to take center stage. Before long, joy is a distant memory and we wonder if we’ll ever be happy again. In those moments our Lord stands ready to bring restoration and peace–it happens almost without our knowing as we open our minds and hearts to the gentle presence of the Christ all around us. Resting in the green pastures, ambling beside the still waters, our souls are restored. Sometimes the transformation is so astounding it’s visible to family and friends. Dull eyes regain their flash! Smiles come quickly! Humor returns, laughter abounds, and we learn to love again. Such are the miracles that the Lord can work in hurting lives, but it also happens less dramatically on a daily basis as a part of our journey on the Lord’s right paths. There can be a rhythm to life, a cycle of mindfulness that takes us from stress to peace every single day. How blessed it is to discover that rhythm and then do those things that make for joy! Often the renewal comes through prayer and meditation or even a quiet walk. However it comes, the restoration is magical, and much to be desired.

Thought for the Day: How does the Shepherd restore my soul?

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