25th February

Rosemary Meara – Beside Still Waters

“He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.”  Psalm 23:2

The psalmist is describing, not a swiftly flowing river, but a shallow,quiet trickle of water, a little stream, gently flowing along, where the water is clear, pure and slow: a place where we can slow down, and be quiet and still.

Being near water is often a very calming and soothing experience. I vividly remember sitting beside a Scottish loch on holiday many years ago, and watching the smooth surface of the water, and the little ripples lapping on the shingle, with the hills around bathed in morning sunlight.  It was a scene of absolute peace and tranquillity.

In our busy lives we need such moments of calm, where we can find God and be led by Him to a place of rest, where our souls can be restored.

I have produced this screen-printed textile design, inspired by reflections in the water around Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands, where we lived for three months before coming to Kidlington. It was a soothing environment in the midst of hectic and highly-pressured London life, the water always moving, changing and reflecting light.

When we are feeling frantic and stressed, remember this verse from Psalm 23, and allow God’s grace to revive you and restore your soul. Still waters are closer than you think. Trust, relax and rest.

Prayer

May God the Good Shepherd always lead us beside still waters, refresh our hearts and minds, and restore our souls, through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Hymn

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.
 
And I will trust in You alone,
And I will trust in You alone,
For Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.
 
He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.
 
And I will trust…
 
And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know.
 
And I will trust…

Stuart Townsend