Monday, December 8, 2008

Psalm 23 for Travelers


Photo by Maryam S.

My friend Isabel leaves in the morning for her flight home to Australia for the holidays. Then it's on to Taiwan, Thailand, South Africa, and who-knows-where-and-not-necessarily-in-that-order before she comes back here.

So in Isabel's honor and for all of you who'll travel this season or who travel on a regular basis, I've written Psalm 23 for Travelers. (Don't get too excited, though. It doesn't count as Scripture yet.)
* * * *

Because the Lord is my Travel Agent,
I have everything I need.
He makes me sit in vinyl airport chairs.
He leads me to the quietest spot in the airport coffee shop.
He helps me catch my breath and shake off my stress.
You're so good to me, Lord --
You help me find my departure gate,
and
You get me to my destination -
eventually.
You comfort me when I'm tired, stressed, or cranky.
Even though I must take the red-eye and show up for work the next day anyway,
I fear no jet lag because You are my
Constant Companion.
The pillow and blanket You provide keep me snug and warm.
You provide peanuts and soft drinks to sustain me -
right in front of my snoring travel companion.
(I'm thankful for the earplugs You provide.)
You are good,
and
I know that You love me,
therefore
I embrace the travel schedule You arrange for me,
and
I look forward to being with You in Your Home
forever.




2 comments:

John Oscar Atkinson said...

Heather,

With the morning news on TV about job layoffs, this is refreshing. Thanks for the chuckled. I too wish a good voyage to the world travelers!

Timekeeper

Kansas Bob said...

Very cute :)