I’ve been overrun lately with tasks and the tyranny of looming month-end. It has left me depressed, distracted and downhearted – and in truth – somewhat resentful. With each fire I put out, another one flares up. I feel that no matter how hard I try, the finishing line just keeps shifting. I have forgotten important details, misplaced important items and struggled desperately to fall asleep at night.

A crash of almighty proportions awaits me if I continue like this. And then… I found these comforting words in a file I was going through today. It’s a paraphrase of Psalm 23, written by a Japanese woman, Toki Miyashina. Here is balm for your soul in a week gone mad with deadlines, overdue projects, conflict, problems and burdens:

23rd Psalm, Japanese Translation

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 ways of efficiency
through calmness of mind,
and His guidance is peace.

Even though 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 midst of my activity,

By anointing 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 forever.

. . . .

May this peace descend upon you, this oil of tranquility, as you take a moment to step outside your frantic haste and find your joy, wonder and balance again.