My Pace Setter

Divine strength is not given to us until we are fully aware of our own weakness and know that the strength we receive is indeed His Gift and not the reward of our own excellence.            Thomas Merton          

The quintessential rose

The quintessential rose

Psalm 23, Thomas Merton translation

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 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 activity

By anointing my head with His oil 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 forever.

[Glory to the Father]