A Japanese Version of the Twenty-Third Psalm 

Feb 14, 2016 1240

Autumn LeavesThe Lord is my pace-setter.  I shall not rush.

He makes me stop 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;

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 the midst of my activity

By anointing my mind with His oil of tranquillity;

My cup of joyous energy overflows.

 

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours;

I shall walk in the pace of the Lord

and dwell in His house

forever.

 

– Toki Miyashiro

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