A Church Without Walls

5 May 2017
Psalms 23
Jerry Patee

Studying the Psalms on The Way is among the highlights of my recent personal memories.  Early in the morning we began each session sitting quietly… we also departed quietly… listening and not talking… what peace; to be still.  We heard the wind in the trees, we saw the birds soaring overhead, and we knew this was holy ground… a Church Without Walls.

In the early phase of studying the Psalms, Pastor Darren had us take turns reading the selected passage out loud.  It was then that I learned the impact of not only listening and hearing, but also reflecting on the Word that came alive on that meditation deck overlooking Garcon Bayou as the sun came up through the pine trees.

Psalms 23 is my favorite and one I have been able to recite since I was a young boy, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”…what a fitting Psalms to meditate upon.

What comforting and reassuring words to know, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.”

As I walk slowly along The Way… I understand how, “He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”.

I find strength knowing, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”

As I look at all He created, I am thankful, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

And finding peace becomes a reality knowing, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”


2 thoughts on “A Church Without Walls

  1. Debby Wilson says:

    Very beautifully said Jerry.. so reassuring to read scripture and let the words sink in and live in us.

    Love you,


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