Today in staff meeting, Emily led us through a very insightful exercise. Take a moment and go grab your Bible and something to write on (and obviously something to write with). Or if you prefer to type, you’re already set. Flip open your Bible over to Psalm 23 – very familiar passage, but go ahead and read it again. Now flip over to Matthew 8:23-27. Now write the 2 passages again as 1. You can use creative license to write it however you like.
I’m not much of a writer, but I’ll brave it and share mine:
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
And they went and woke him, saying “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake.”
Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE
Lastly, answer these 2 questions: What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself?
I would love to hear your responses. We spent time in our staff meeting having everyone share their own rendition and it was pretty powerful.