Bring Him Along

Christmas is put away and it is time to start thinking taxes. Ugh! As a kid January through April was my least favorite time of the year. My dad was a Partner at Arthur Andersen, a large Accounting and Consulting Firm. While my dad worked on the consulting side of the business,his taxes could have been taken care of by someone on the tax side of the business. But my dad wanted to do them himself. He enjoyed doing them and felt he would be more precise than someone else who didn’t know all the little complexities of his personal finances. The stress of these months on my mom and the rest of us made me question why it was so important to do it himself!

Fast forward a few years, okay maybe more than a few…and now I am the one who likes to do things myself! First of all I enjoy doing most of the things I insist on doing myself. And since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, I also feel safer. I can also get a little too busy trying to juggle all of the things I feel I must do myself. Then inevitably I get a bit overwhelmed and probably a bit cranky!

As I thought about how to start this new year of devotions from my computer I wanted to find some wise words to share to somehow make this a better year for us all. While searching my old files for inspiration, I found this wonderful modern translation of the 23rd Psalm written by Tokio Megashie. As I read my favorite Psalm through his (or hers I’m not really sure) eyes, I slowed my pace. I stilled my spirit. I remembered that life goes so much better when I bring God along. The Lord is my helper, I don’t have to do it all by myself! 

Enjoy…Julie Weldon

 A Modern 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Pace-setter – I shall not rush.

                  He makes me stop 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 timeliness, 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.True harmony and 

effectiveness shall be the

                                    fruits of my hours,

For I shall walk in the Pace of the Lord

                  And dwell in His House forever.

 ~Tokio Megashie

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