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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, February 05, 2005
    The Lord is my Pace Setter
     
    Pace of work hectic at the moment. Many funerals. Compounded by uprush of early Lent / Easter, covering for various colleagues, the death of an aunt on Thursday and preparing to lead her memorials too.

    So ... good to lead a pre-Lent mini-retreat today. Only ten turned up but we needed it. I opened by quoting these words, which probably said as much about me as anyone else....

    Toki Miyashina, Psalm 23 for Busy People

    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 balance.
    He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity,
    by anointing my head with his oils of tranquility,
    My cup of joyous energy overflows.
    Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
    For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
    and dwell in his house for ever.