Daily Bread 6.7.20

By June 7, 2020Daily Bread

Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”

Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 23
The Divine Shepherd
A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;[a]
    he restores my soul.[b]
He leads me in right paths[c]
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[d]
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[e] goodness and mercy[f] shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.[g]

 

Father Michael Joncas wrote a song for this time of pandemic.  You can see the imagery from the 23rd Psalm:

 

Shelter Me

Father Michael Joncas

 

  1. Shepherd and sheep, my God and I:

to fresh green fields you led my steps in days gone by.

You gave me rest by quiet springs

and filled my soul with peace your loving presence brings.

 

Chorus:

O shelter me, O shelter me:

the way ahead is dark and difficult to see.

O shelter me, O shelter me:

all will be well if only you will shelter me.

 

  1. Yet now I tread a diff’rent way;

death dogs my path with stealthy steps from day to day.

I cannot find your peaceful place

but dwell in dreary darkness, longing for your face.

 

  1. I will look back in days to come

and realize your faithfulness has led me home.

Within your house I’ll find my peace,

trusting that in your mercy you have sheltered me.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Here’s more about this passage of scripture via Upper Room devotionals:

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