The following poem was written in the late 1980's when I was going through a difficult time in my life. Sometimes I took long walks with Jesus along The Loop at Skylands Manor State Park in Ringwood, NJ. His loving presence was sweet and comforting as well as healing. I'd love to hear from you about how His presence comforted you in troubled times. Comments are always welcome.
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I walk The Loop at Skylands, with Jesus Christ, my Friend,
telling how it is with me and what remains to mend,
confess to Him my failures and share sweet victories too,
knowing my Lord, so well aware, knows me through and through.
I tell what I rejoice in, of those I hope He’ll heal,
those who need salvation and about the ones who feel
life’s not what they expected, or that it is not fair...
I give the burdens to my Friend; leave them in His care.
At peace with my Companion, we stroll around a bend;
I tell Him I love Him with a love that will not end;
He tells me that He loves me, I’m precious in His sight...
I know my Jesus means it, which is my heart’s delight.
Sunrays filter through the oaks and warm me as we walk
past the shady Turtle Pond, where we resume our talk.
I praise Him for creation, the flowers and the trees,
fauna scampering here and there, the butterflies, the bees...
I thank Him for the sunshine, the pond and for the frogs,
turtles sunning on the rocks and chipmunks in the logs.
Then, finally I get quiet and only hear my steps
and nature sounds around me; I reach into the depths
of my very inner being and listen to His voice
speak gently to my spirit; I feel my soul rejoice!
His still small voice continues along the wooded path;
encouragement He offers, sweet mercies, never wrath.
When our stroll’s completed, my spirit feels refreshed
from wondrous time together, our union tightly meshed.
What a blessing my Holy God, cares enough to spend
precious time walking Skylands Loop, talking with His friend!