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Illuminated Psalm 23:4 - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic, Watercolor, and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

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"You are with me." Tehillim/Psalm 23:4

Joy and sorrow are intertwined in our lives. Some of us are here for a short stay; some live long and healthy lives. Whatever the circumstances, each of us has a choice: to believe either that we are alone – abandoned – or that our Creator is always with us.

King David sings of this intimate relationship with God throughout the psalms.

Wherever he finds himself, “You are with me.” Much of human pain derives from the illusion that we are alone, from doubting the loving closeness of the Divine, when it is we who have our backs to the Source of life. All we have to do is make the choice to turn around. Coming to faith in this way is the battleground of the spiritual warrior.

The goal of spiritual practice is to bring Presence into each moment that sustains us. The bridge to present awareness is through the breath. This month, make daily appointments on your calendar to meet with Presence!

Stop whatever you are doing, take some slow, deep breaths into the inner sanctuary of your heart center, exhaling doubt all the way out, making space for the Source of life to enter with the next breath – and proclaim, “You are with me.” This will give you strength.

Text by Louise Temple from the 2011 calendar "Illuminated Psalms"