There are pictures that get posted here on WordPress inspire many to write amazing words to fit the pictures, then there are those of us (like me) who see beauty in the pictures and try to encourage others of what I see in a less professional but heartfelt way. The picture below is from Irene Tron, at Coffee Creek Watershed. This picture brought me a sense of peace, something this world needs desperately right now. May you feel the peace come through my words in my adaptation of the 23rd Psalm, and may we, all across this world, learn to find peace as God had intended.
Beside His Stream
God, the gentle shepherd is our caring guide
we do better following Him than our own selfish pride
He leads us by the quiet waters, refreshing our soul
Lying on green grass, us lacking nothing, is His goal
He guides along the right paths for His name’s sake,
while we struggle and flounder with mistake after mistake.
He never leaves our side even in the darkest of times
We fear no evil as it surrounds us, for into His lap we do climb
He prepares to secure our needs, even with enemies near
He pours forth His love, from overflowing cups so dear
His goodness and love radiate through the days of our life
as we dwell in His house and forever feel no strife.
Anita Neal, adaptation from Psalm 23
The 23rd Psalm is know by many, even some who do not really follow the word. This small Psalm by David shows that as we follow God and obey His commands, we then have hope for eternal life and security.(NIV notes)
As you feel the peace of God, remember to share that peace and kindness with others.