Excuse the pun. Language is such a beautiful thing and so much fun to play with.
I still have much to do before flying up to the Steiger International Center in Krogis on Wednesday to spend ten days there with the Steiger Missions School: clean the house and prepare it for our dear friends, Rodney and Jenny, who’ll be coming from Ireland to stay with the animals while we’re gone. Weed the vegetable garden and stake all the tomato plants, that are growing so wonderfully tall. Make sure Ge is well taken care of at the hospital, where he’s steadily improving. Plus all my normal daily chores and online work – emails, writing, Skype conversations, etc.
I easily begin to feel overwhelmed as I go through the list in my head and confront it with the amount of energy I actually have at the moment. But it will get done.
And what doesn’t, well… doesn’t.
It’s a constant learning process for me, this choosing to rest despite all that is screaming to be finished. So for Day 27’s challenge, I will delve a bit more into the Psalms, as I did on Day 8, when I’d listened to a dramatic audio version of Psalms 1-50. Today, I’ve selected an audio reading of the entire book that I found on YouTube, and will enjoy the second 50, allowing their words of comfort, trust, hope and victory to wash over me and bring restoration to my soul.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51: 10-12
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper
in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Psalm 84: 10-12
For a thousand years
in your sight
are but as yesterday
when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
So teach us to number
that we may
get a heart of wisdom.
Satisfy us in the morning
with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice
and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:4, 12, 14
Ascribe to the Lord,
of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord
glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord
the glory due his name;
bring an offering,
into his courts!
Worship the Lord
in the splendor
tremble before him,
all the earth!
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Psalm 96: 7-9,11-13