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I could have Prayed the Psalms

March 12, 2018
By Jodie Rubenzer, Spiritual Director
This weather has my heart and soul leaping.  I hadn’t realized that I was tiring of winter until a few recent days of warmer temperatures and sunshine blessed our earth.
I love to walk outside.  I’m grateful for treadmills and elliptical machines in the cold of winter, but outside is my first choice.  My favorite places to walk here in River Falls are along the White Pathway which now meanders around all of Lake George, under the Maple street Bridge and over to Division Street. 
This walk never disappoints.  Recently as I walked this path I realized I could pray the Psalms.
Upon beginning my walk, with the view of the path in front of me, I was reminded that “a path has been set before me”.  How often have I trudged my own life’s path never even acknowledging that it had been prepared for me or even grateful to be walking it? 
And then I am greeted by the trees, like bystanders on a parade route, barren and quiet now, some young and some majestic in size with years of stories to share, and soon ready to explode with signs of new life.  What is the growth that is happening deep within me now, not seen to the naked eye, but still it’s happening.  I am gently reminded then to enter into the rhythm of life…be patient.  “Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy” Psalm 96:12s;
Sunshine!  I could feel it’s warmth upon my face and loved the way it danced through the trees and bounced off of the water., “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield” and the sound of the trickling waters of the melting Kinni soothed me into a reflective moment of remembering and yearning; “as a deer longs for running streams, so to I long for you My Lord and of course, Psalm 23, “He leads me beside still waters.  Unbeknownst to me this “prayer walk” had led me to question, how often I had experienced the warmth of God and just totally took it for granted. 
These wonderful images had immersed me into this delicious walk for my soul.   This walk had become my prayer for the day.  All of these wonderful gifts had drawn me into a place of “being” with my God.  I didn’t have to share any words or request
I just had to experience and enter into God.  Total bliss!   So, I invite you, as we embrace the lengthening of daylight hours and the warming temperatures to lace up those walking shoes and enter into the manifestation of God.   For as Br. David Steindl-Rast states,   “Any place is sacred ground, for it can become a place of encounter with the divine Presence.”

Pat Smith says:
March 15, 2018 08:15 PM CST
I am so grateful for these. Thank you, Jodie.

Phil says:
March 20, 2018 08:44 AM CST
Mrs. Rubenzer: you describe such fine details of your walk(s) that makes us all appreciate the grandeur and splendor of God's creation. The Psalms do just that so how fitting! Thanks for sharing.