Ancient Path of Peace by Craig Smith
The Ancient Path of Peace was birthed as a result of hearing continued stories and reading surveys of Christians burning out under the weight of stress and worry. Needing to recharge myself, I rediscovered one of Scripture's most familiar wells of life, and reacquainted myself with the life giving message of Psalm 23. The message is one of peace, rest, and contentment which manifests in our lives as a result of our level of trust and time spent with The Great Shepherd.
The goal of this recording is simply to draw us into a quiet place within the presence of God, and there cause us to reflect on Jesus the divine caregiver and provider of all we will ever need to accomplish the purposes of God for us in this earth life.
Almost three years ago I began developing a ministry project drawn from the theme of Psalm 23. It was my hope to offer a musical devotional tool which would provide a few moments of peace for the heart to dwell on Jesus Christ, our Great Shepherd.
I think one of my greatest challenges as a pastor is to spend the needed time in God's presence renewing my mind, refreshing my soul, and restoring my strength, and it appears from the various statistics and surveys available that this is one of the greatest challenges for most of us in ministry.
My hope as you listen to the CD Ancient Path of Peace is simply that it be an encouragement to you in your seeking the True and Only Shepherd.
Craig has written and recorded fourteen recording projects, written two books, Ancient Path and Vigil, with a recording currently in completion process and three more books in the works. Several songs from past projects charted nationally with some reaching within some landing in the top ten national Christian songs. He has been a Dove award nominee for best worship album category and once Sesac's Inspirational Songwriter of the Year.
Though for years his ministry led him to travel nationally and internationally, he has been firmly rooted and involved in his local church family in Arkansas. Craig and his wife Dianna are in their nineteenth year as pastors of the church which has been their home base for almost 30 years in Fort Smith.