New Living Translation (NLT)
22 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. 3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 4 And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.
Cool water babbles and bubbles,
Delicately calling me near,
I sit by the bank and listen
As the soft sounds tickle my ears,
The breeze rustles through the fall leaves,
The colors dazzle my eyes,
Reds, browns and yellows
Contrasting the azure blue skies,
Toes caressed by the current,
Fond boyhood memories abound
Of holding the hand of my first love,
As the ripples give off their sweet sound,
If my visit was not such a bittersweet moment,
If I could linger and offer up thanks,
Then my soul would be healed of its sickness
As I walked along these beautiful banks,
There’s nothing that peace can’t recover,
There’s nothing his hand can’t restore,
If we just take time to bathe in the beauty
That resides on that heavenly shore.
©2018 by William Pierce
Help us to return to our first love. To embrace You in all that we do. There’s healing that lives in Your presence where Your love comes shining through.