April 17th, 2024

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The 23rd Psalm – a classic.  Maybe you recognize it?  Maybe you have it memorized?  Maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about?

It comes up in our readings this Sunday, but I’m not really touching on it much.  It’s like the elephant in the room if I don’t, so I’ll share it with you here.

Many times, it’s stereotyped as the “funeral Psalm.”  And yes, often, this is the go-to section from the psalmist because it describes so many parts of life in six basic verses.

So I share it with you today to read and reflect.  Here’s the reading part –
 Psalm 23 –

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long. 

Here’s the reflecting part –

What phrases jump out to you?

What words or images speak to your life right now?

What do you hear God reminding you about today?

This is not just a funeral Psalm.  It’s a Psalm of Life – and all the parts of it.

May it remind you now of God’s presence and love in your life – yesterday, today and tomorrow..

Lord, thank you for the gift of your reminders!  Amen

Still in One Peace,