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.
Food for Thought:
This passage of Scripture is read at almost every funeral. It is a passage of comfort and assurance. My favorite line is,” 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.” To dwell with God is a beautiful thing and it gives so much peace. Think back on a time in your life when you “dwelt with God.” What did it feel like? What would you need to do if you felt distant from God right now?
Holy God, you are ever present and moving among your people. Draw us near to you, that in place of hostility, there may be peace; in place of loneliness, compassion; in place of aimlessness, direction; and in place of sickness, healing; through Christ Jesus, in whom you draw near to us. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.