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April 30 - Thoughts from Rev. Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine

Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

My first time ever working in a pastoral capacity I was an intern for a summer at a church in Arkansas. I dipped my toe in every aspect of the church and found myself walking the last days with a beloved member of that congregation. I visited her in her home, in hospice, and then spoke at her funeral. All three times I was asked to read Psalm 23. It was the first time that I ever realized the powerful, comforting words that God is my shepherd. This passage brought comfort to the faithful servant in times of sickness and to the community mourning their loss.

Today, I invite you to read Psalm 23 aloud in honor those who are sick and their community, whether you know anybody or not. May this be our communal prayer for our world. May we be reminded that we are a community in prayer for one another.

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 path
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.

Amen.

 

Daily Lectionary Readings – clickable link:

Psalm 23

Exodus 2:15b-25

1 Peter 2:9-12