The Lord is my shepherd and there is nothing I shall want.
October 2020 continues to be challenging. In addition to our ongoing immersion into the pandemic, a dear family member moved on to the hereafter. A young woman looks toward her future with an unexpected diagnosis which will determine her passing as well. My husband has presided at more funerals and committals than expected as of late. The rainy weather mirrors my sentiments as I offer prayers for those looking toward their last days and for those left behind.
I’ve walked with loved ones through serious illnesses. Though I couldn’t do much to help, I watched with care as they processed the scenario which lay before them. In every case, I was deeply moved by their bravery through transitions from anger to fear to sadness to practical concern for those left behind to joyful anticipation of the things to come. It was then that I thanked God for the grace which allowed these amazing souls to manage their illnesses and to embrace their final journeys home.
As is the case with most of us, my journey home to heaven lies ahead sometime beyond my knowing. In the mean time, I turn to a favorite Psalm where I find encouragement for the journey ahead. Psalm 23 elicits the image of a happy little lamb dancing through tall grass in a beautiful pasture. Within seconds, this lamb’s revelry becomes my own. “The Lord is my shepherd and there is nothing I shall want…”
With that, I resolve to do my best today regardless of all this day will bring. I do so with a smile because God is my shepherd and there really is nothing more for me to want.
Loving God, help us all to remember that you are always walking at our sides seeing to our safety with great love.
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