Ps 23 – an affirmation of faith as we shelter at home

Psalm 23 (NRSV) an affirmation of faith as we shelter at home

23:1a The LORD is my shepherd,

You are my loving shepherd, and I celebrate my place in your flock,

even while we are sitting apart from each other

you gather us together in love, you know us and call us by name.

23:1b I shall not want.

While around me I see panic about not having enough,

I am reminded that you provide what I need;

through the memory of your goodness,

through the kindness of my neighbours,

through your living word enfolding me.

23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

In this time of sheltering at home,

I can enjoy the blessing of rest and the delight of immersing in stillness

knowing that I am not alone,

your gentle encouragement fills me, I drink deeply, until I sleep.

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

You refresh me with wonder, and I notice small mercies;

soft textures, rich words, melodic laughter, sweet sounds.

You direct my thinking and walking, my working and talking

so that I might bring a blessing in your name.

23:4 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.

Even when I am afraid and lonely, at the end of my coping, you are with me,

steadying my breathing, bringing me back, reminding me of your strength beside me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

You lay out a feast of goodness when I open my eyes to see it,

dismissing the doubters with your abundance.

You bless me with generous, gurgling grace and I can’t hold it all within me.

It spills out, flowing to others, drenching them in delight.

23:6 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

Bless whatever happens in my shadow, each day, while I keep my face to the light.

Living in your household I am recognised, loved, and held, each moment and for ever. Amen

Jennie Gordon, March 2020 – permission granted to use freely.

~ by jenniegordon on March 19, 2020.

3 Responses to “Ps 23 – an affirmation of faith as we shelter at home”

  1. hi Jennie, this is so timely and pertinent to our current reality. Thank you.

  2. Hi Jennie. I have shared this on our presbytery facebook page, as I am sure it will inspire peace and reassurance for those who read it. Thank you for this gift.

  3. This was the piece I was missing for this coming Sunday of worship! Thanks so very much for your ministry and your generosity in sharing!

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