This is a paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm, intended especially for meditation when you are feeling lost. It was written by Peggy McMahon and appears in her book, Father, Hear My Psalms. The music is "Day by Day", written by Karolina Sandell-Berg in 1865 and arranged and played by Beverly Carmichael Heid.
The words are these:
The Lord is my pathfinder, I shall not lose my way.
He makes me lie down in meadows of summer bloom;
He leads me to still waters where I drink from his cup.
He restores me in purpose; He leads me to find meaning
in the smallest of offerings.
Yea, though I walk through the canyon of deepest dark,
I am not lost.
For the light of your heart's love is never extinguished,
Your nearness is never absent.
You prepare a sanctuary for me in the deep of the canyon walls,
I receive your true Word.
You anoint my head with belongingness,
my heart entrains to the pulse of Your heavenly voice.
I hear You call my name and I shall answer.
Surely all courage and direction shall be with me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the presence of the Lord forever. Amen.
Here’s a gift for you from DisciplesNet Church. We present the Christmas story in scripture and pictures, followed by a lighting of the Christ Candle on the Advent wreath and the Hallelujah chorus. We hope you will enjoy it on Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, as a way of touching the true meaning of Christmas.
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Rev. Russ Smith
Rev. Anita Cobb
Rev. Bob Shaw
Rev. Audrey Borschel
Ted Yoder (hammered dulcimer)
“Carol of the Bells”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Beverly Heid (piano)
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”
“What Child is This”
“One Candle is Lit” (verse 5)
Southport Christian Church Chancel Choir
“Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah”
Susan McNeely (mountain dulcimer)
“In the Bleak Midwinter”
Artwork from Wikimedia Commons and Art in the Christian Tradition (Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN USA), under the Creative Commons license
Photography primarily by Susan McNeely, also Dave Alexander
Video editing by Susan McNeely, Dean Phelps, and Deb Phelps
Originally posted 12 21 2012