Each month a different member of the Trinity congregation prepares a few words which we hope that you will find interesting and thought-provoking.
Psalm 23 - rewritten
A Psalm of Rebecca Garrett Pace
Jesus is my shepherd, and I honestly feel sorry for him, because I can be quite a stubborn sheep.
I shall not want. Or that’s the way it should work, but yet I always want for more. I’m working on it.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. Jesus is teaching me how to care. To care for myself, so that I can then care for others. To care for the earth, so I can live in green pastures with still waters and not make a mess of them just because I can. To care for my soul, which is fed by gratitude and joy and kindness.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Unfortunately he keeps talking too softly for me to hear him, so I keep having to guess what the right paths are, and go on a hunch, and ask for forgiveness when I get it wrong.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil — well that’s just wishful thinking. I fear all the time. All the things. So much fear. But I am learning how to sit in the darkness, and be open to what I might learn from it, and really the most important bit is that…
you are with me.
Your music, your friendship, your wisdom, your words, your kindness, your presence through others - they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, and you tell me that there’s extra room at the table, and it’s actually your table and not mine, so I should scoot over and make room and invite my enemies to eat with me and give them the last piece of homemade bread and extra butter because that’s what you would do. Which is annoying but I know you’re right.
you anoint my head with oil - you protect and love me, you nurture, you guide, you heal me.
my cup overflows. God, I am grateful. I am so incredibly overwhelmed by goodness in my life.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
And when the goodness and mercy are obscured, O God, help me know you’re still there. Always. Forever. Amen
Whilst doing some study for my worship leader course I came across this version of Psalm 23.
I found it struck a chord with me. I am a stubborn sheep, I don’t always listen hard enough.
We all have days that are so full that we struggle to fit in time to pray, as a dog walker I have an early morning walk and this is the time that I feel closest to God, I pray, I listen to prayerful music and feel at peace, this then sets up my day.
We all fear the path ahead, we are nervous as to where it will take us, we might take a wrong turn but we will find the right way to go. My path hasn’t always been clear but I walk it with yes, a touch of fear as to where it is going but I trust I will be accompanied by the Lord .
So although every day can seem like a battle ground, or a peaceful valley we must acknowledge that we are never alone on our journey.
A member of Trinity Church