Toki Miyashiro’s re-working of Psalm 23 for busy people is a source of much encouragement and challenge as I seek to maintain healthy balance in my life.

The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush;

He makes me to stop and rest for quiet intervals.

He provides me with images of stillness, which restores my serenity.

He leads me in ways of efficiency, through calmness of mind.

And His guidance is my 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 oils of tranquillity.

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 the Lord and dwell in His house forever.

I plan to keep these words close by in 2023, ensuring I take time to catch my breath and not be ruled by a to-do list. And more so, to create the time and space for the Holy Spirit to bring refreshment and renewal to my life, relationships and vocation.