I haven't blogged in a long while. I've been on vacation, tried new recipes, gotten through Halloween and went to venerate Saint Maria Goretti's relics. I want to, and will blog about all those things.
However, this morning, as I was giving someone else advice, about some bad news they received regarding elder family member's cancer, I could not stop thinking about Psalms 23.
It came to me that I should blog about how this passage makes me feel, in case others needed to read this today.
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Here is Psalm 23, from the Bible Gateway. It's a Catholic Version, though slightly different than I memorized in my youth. I remember it like it was yesterday. 7th Grade memory verses included this beautiful prayer.
The Divine Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
I remember when my father had his massive strokes in 2008 and the Lutheran Pastor was praying for him, and he was reciting Psalms 23. Well, my dad had been asking everyone to help him up because he was confused about what was going on (he was actually strapped down because he kept trying to get up). Anyway - he said to the Pastor, "well if you're going to lead me somewhere, can you help me up?" We all laughed. Bless him.
This morning, when I was giving advice to a friend, what popped into my head was "Yeah though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU are with me!" Thank you God. Thank you!
How grateful am I to be one of the lucky and blessed people who knows and loves God, who serves God, who has an on-going relationship with God? YES - I have bad days. YES - I feel sorry for myself. YES - I am hard on myself and others. YES - life gets lonely sometimes. It gets lonely, hard, etc. Our world is scary. People are unpredictable and let us down. Finances can be hard to navigate. Illness brings suffering. We all know this.
But do you know how blessed you are that Our Lord has promised to always be with us?
You know, I'm going to start making more of an effort to remember Bible passages and verses. I have to say, I've forgotten more than I can remember and I think that is a mistake. Because in times of need, I love it when a verse comes to me.... to share with a friend or family member (or even myself).
I am so grateful that I learned so many verses and Bible stories when I was young. And I'm so much more grateful that I can teach them to my own child and lift friends who are struggling up with a verse or two. Thank you GOD!
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