A PSALM 23 MEDITATION

 

The Lord is my shepherd; the lord cares for me in such a way that whatever I might have at any given time, no matter how little or how much, it is somehow made enough for me.  

 

The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures; it is as though I’m rolling around in fields of green, like a child reveling in the cold grass beneath her skin, I smile at the sky and wonder about heaven as though heaven were actually mine in this moment.  

 

The Lord leads me beside still waters and restores my soul; the path is treacherous and the storm is raging but the Lord has shown me the tranquil sea within, the restful stream of my own heart. What was shattered is made brand new.

 

The Lord leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake; The Lord is breaking my heart for what breaks the heart of God. With each passing day I’m seeing this world more and more through the eyes of God and it is changing me.

 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me. The worst things have happened to me but I remain. I’ve become more and more aware of how you carry me, God. The more evil I see, the more pain I feel, the more convinced I am that I cannot actually be torn from your hand. You have a mother’s grasp on my soul and you are never letting go.

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over; I eat with the sinners and the saints and everyone in between because we belong to each other and the more I dine with the people I can’t stand the more grace for me. I’m so full of your grace it pours from my skin. 

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. And ever and ever and ever. Eternity is our gift. Amen.