Whenever I read those words in Psalm 46 I stop. Inexplicably, peace washes over me and in that moment, all I need to know is those four words—there is a river. When all around me is chaotic, uncertain, in turmoil—there is a river.


There is a river whose streams flow, bringing life and joy and fullness. It is bursting with promise, unthreatened by drought, dryness or fruitlessness. It is clean, sparkling, flowing. It sustains life and brings healing to the nations. It carries God’s blessings and satisfies our souls.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. (Psalm 46:4)

Today I am especially grateful for the river. Twelve years ago, on October 11,  our daughter girls-croppedStacey made her home in the city of God, where the river runs. Psalm 36:8 calls it God’s “river of delights” and I can see Stacey frolicking in, drinking from, and bathing in the delights of the river.

She was always eager to share every new “find” with me—pina colada coolattas®, the opening of Home Goods, a baby afghan pattern, the best vanilla soft serve she ever tasted (at Curly’s, even though it was really cold outside). I can anticipate her greeting when I enter heaven, “Mom, c’mon, there’s a river I’ve got to show you!”

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.…There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-2,5)

river photo: wallpaperfolder.com


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Pelliccio
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 17:36:28

    I love your sweet memories Barbara, of times shared with your daughter. Nothing soothes our aches like God’s “rivers of delights”. Your message was so needed in my life right now. Thank you.



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