Psalm 23 (King James Version)
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
I do not in any fashion pretend to know or fully understand biblical readings, nor do I profess any particular faith or specific religious orientation. This writing is strictly and simply put a personal exploration and not intended as an imposition or solicitation of the reader.
During my childhood years I “faithfully” attended church with my family. I would sit in the pew, silent, motionless, mostly observing…the minister’s words, the congregation sitting in quiet attentiveness, some with earnest and meditative thought processes obviously milling through their mind. I never quite felt a true sense of belonging in or to the church yet there were moments, bible passage readings or hymns that clearly left some kind of indelible impression that have stayed with me so many years after not returning to church.
Once such impression came from Psalm 23. It has remarkable clarity, powerfully moving words, a message that I ‘believe’ has somehow guided me in my daily life and hopefully has been reflected in my actions. Perhaps it is this that will become my legacy. It is said that when one does something with pattern and consistency it becomes true habit and without conscious effort nor intention. Perhaps…I should read this writing more often…
My footsteps bear of consequence
A distant path behind me trails
But for these words of eloquence
My forebearance my legacy
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