Shepherded With Love

The Lord is my shepherd
and there is nothing I shall want.

Psalm 23:1

Our phone had rung for the same reason far too often. On this occasion, a gentleman whom we saw at church just a few days earlier had unexpectedly passed away. When I spoke with the man’s wife, my heart ached for her. Her life had changed with a single passing breath. Still, her concern was for her husband. He’d suffered a good deal as of late and she felt he had a right for that suffering to stop.

Though I knew this couple and had grown to love them through our encounters at church, I had no idea of just how loved they are by their family and numerous friends. I was deeply touched by the comments of those who came to mourn and to reminisce at this dear man’s services. The eulogies offered in my friend’s honor revealed so much more of the character and love which lay beneath the surface of the man whom I’d respected so. Because my friend’s wife is of the same ilk, I understood how she was able to send off her husband to enjoy the eternity he so much deserved.

It is at times such as these that Psalm 23 comes to mind. This new widow seemed to realize that she wasn’t alone in any of this. Beside her loving children and her many friends, she was accompanied by God. So it was that there truly was nothing more for her to want.

It seems to me that God knows our losses more intimately than we know them ourselves. Good Shepherd that God is, God remains with us through them all. Good Shepherd that God is, God will see to it that we and our loved ones will indeed be together once again.

Loving God, please touch all of those who mourn today with your presence and your peace.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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God Shares Our Sorrow

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.

John 10:14

Our phone has rung for the same reason far too often these days. This time, an elderly gentleman whom we saw at church just a few days ago has unexpectedly passed away. When I spoke with the man’s wife, my heart ached at how frail she has become. Though she and her husband were always a loving couple, she has relied upon him more than ever as of late.

Her daughter and son will try to fill the void left by their dad. They know as well as their mom that, though their efforts will be much appreciated, they cannot make up for their dad’s absence. What they can do is to be present to their mom as they share in her sorrow.

It is at times such as these that Psalm 23 comes to mind. The Lord truly is our shepherd and there truly is nothing that we shall want. There is nothing for any of us to want in our mourning because God knows our losses more intimately than we know them ourselves. Good Shepherd that God is, God remains with us through them all. Good Shepherd that God is, God will see to it that we will be together once again.

Loving God, I know you are with each one of us as we grieve. Please touch all of those who mourn today with your presence and your peace.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved