The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want...
~ Psalm 23:1
A few years ago I found myself walking through the words of the 23rd Psalm and was moved to reflect and write the following.
The 23rd Psalm for Today
The Lord is my Shepherd...I am a wanderer among those in the world, both stranger and friend. I need guidance to keep me from harm.
I shall not want... because I receive exactly not what I want, but what I need. Sometimes I don't understand how this works, but often in time I discover that it really "was" best for me.
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.
There is water that is still... I stare into it, and realize the image that I see is mine, but also belongs to the One who created me.
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... I am reminded that Your light casts a shadow so that I can still find my way.
I will fear no evil... because I know that Your love for me will save me, even when I forget that You are there.
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 runneth over... 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!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
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.