Monday, June 21
As you know, this is the first official day of summer, although it's definitely been hot summer weather for days here in Oklahoma!
As I started the day on our sun porch, looking out at the cardinals and the tall green oak trees waving in the already warm wind, I read The
Daily Light and The One Year Bible, and was quiet for a few minutes and talked to God some while drinking my coffee, which is what I like to do before the crush of the day or phone rushes in. But all of a sudden some interior distractions interrupted my quiet place--and my list of To-Do's for the day and the week took my mind in a whole different direction, as I . I got some paper and began to list these "must do" jobs or activities.
Then I noticed a page I'd printed by the nuns at All Saints Convent in Maryland, entitled "the Nuns' Twenty-Third Psalm.
It certainly blessed me and slowed me down as I pondered it and I hope it encourages you as well. This is a very good prayer for us all:
The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush.
He makes me stop and rest 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, his all-importance will keep me in the balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquillity.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours, for
I shall walk in the place of my Lord and dwell in His House forever.