This morning, I found myself sitting in the Healing Garden at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. After physical therapy I walked over to the hospital to go pick up a prescription from my doctor. On the way I noticed a sign for the healing garden. On my way back to the car I stopped in to check it out. I’m glad I did. It is a beautiful place of peace and comfort with lots of trees, flowers, benches, and a fountain. As I sat and breathed deeply of the peace, an idea came, like a hummingbird, so I took out my notebook and translated Psalm 23:
The Spirit is my guide. All is well.
You lead me to beautiful places of rest.
You invite me into stillness.
You ground my soul in wholeness.
You encourage me to walk in well-being and peace.
Even though I live in the midst of struggles and pain,
You are with me; a guiding presence and a comforting peace.
Before me, in the presence of my worries and all that distracts me,
you bless me with welcome. You feed and sustain me.
You assure me of goodness––my heart is full.
Surely goodness and mercy shall companion me
all the days of this life as I live into wholeness
and into your eternal, blessed rest.
I dedicate this to all the ‘healers’ at St. Luke’s.