Cross the River with Care



I'm on my River Crossings journey. It is good to remember that we should always cross wisely.  Crossing near a waterfall isn't wise. Better to find a gentler crossing.

With that in mind I invite you to reflect on Psalm 46, which speaks of a river that makes glad the city of God. The above picture of Salt Creek Falls in Oregon is turbulent waters but has always made my heart glad.  Then again, so does the gentle waters of the Williamson River. Below Psalm 46 is a picture of a gentler river that also makes my heart glad.

Psalm 46

To the leader. Of the Korahites. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah

Williamson River, Oregon

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