So often we read the Psalms in the context of the time that they were written, while forgetting that God remains the same. This is my version of the 23rd Psalm for today....
The 23rd Psalm for Today..
Rev. G. Todd Williams
The Lord is my Shepherd...I am a wanderer among those in the world. I need guidance to keep me from harm.
I shall not want... because I receive exactly not what I want, but what I need.
While providing green pastures... with blades of grass so soft, I find myself staring at clouds and feel the sun on my face as I lay on the hillside.
And water that it still... that I can stare into its depths and see myself looking back.
My soul is restored... I am reminded that You love me, and that You care for me completely.
I am provided a pathway to walk, that is both safe and protected... when there are so many crossroads and turns I could take, I know with Your guidance, i can never be lost.
And though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death... for there are those who would want to see me fail, finding my faith to falter, I am held within Your hands.
I will fear no evil... because I know that even on the darkest of days, Your light cannot be diminished. The darkness will fail every time.
For You are with me... Always! In every breath. In every beat of my heart. In every thought!
Your rod and staff comfort me... I am protected by Your presence, and anyone or anything that might try to hurt me, You quickly stand between me and any harm.
You anoint my head with oil... marking me so that others may know that I am Yours.
My cup overflows... with so many blessings in my life that I cannot even begin to understand how amazing my life is!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me... and remain so close that I can sense their steps right with mine, and often overtake me.
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever... wherever I may be, wherever I may go, I am never homeless. Your Kingdom is here, and I am one of its citizens! Thanks be to God forever!
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.