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One of my favorite places on earth is on the banks of the French Broad River near Knoxville, Tennessee. Standing there viewing its beauty, causes a stir in my mind’s eye - a reminder of David’s words of praise to His Father in Psalm 23.

(A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

David, in his occupation as a shepherd was very familiar with the terms he uses here. He knew his flock would receive nourishment from the green pastures and a refreshing quenching of the thirst from the sill waters. In the same way, followers of The Shepherd receive spiritual nourishment and refreshment by trusting Him to lead us to places where these benefits are found.

His creation provides for me all I need. Green pastures and quiet waters calm my soul and bring a full awareness of God’s every day, simple caring for me and my needs. Watching the continuous peaceful flow of the river reminds me that God’s care for me is also continuous. The green pastures extending beyond the banks of the river remind me of God’s provision for all His creation.

~Gary Fair

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