23rd psalm “Japanese paraphrase”

Sunday, the 25th, Rev. Bodge preached on the 23rd psalm with many insights and versions.  Here is one version that was very original.

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 the ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,

And his guidance is peace.

Even thought 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 annointing my mind with His oils of tranquility;

My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours,

For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in his house for ever.

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