By Nancy Engel |

The Lord Is My Shepherd…

(Written Thursday July 13, 2017)

Tomorrow is a huge day for me. Medical tests will reveal what is happening in my body. In the places unseen. But this afternoon an errand took me near the Black Rock Retreat Labyrinth. Feeling the need for peace and a word from God my steps took me around the winding path. The surrounding trees filtered the harsh sunlight.  An umbrella of branches and leaves provided a refreshing coolness in the heat of the day. Laughter of children floated through the air from the pool. I asked God to speak to me and meandering along the labyrinth pathway I am reminded of Psalm 23:

Prayer BenchThe LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

Tucked away across from the Nature Center, off of Poplar Trail, the Black Rock Retreat Labyrinth is available to our guests. It is simply a tool offered at Black Rock Retreat to enhance our guest’s experience….to encourage spiritual growth and restoration.

Many times laughter, exuberant worship, and mingling voices are heard across the acres that make up this camp. But there are also moments of silence and stillness, space to reconnect with our Creator. This is exactly what I needed in this moment the opportunity that Black Rock Retreat has been promoting, to experience, grow and reconnect with my Savior, my God.

  • Nancy Engel
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