Religion and Disability – April 2000

Today’s meditation is PSALM 23. THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT. The LORD is my Shepherd. He, […]

Today’s meditation is PSALM 23.

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.

The LORD is my Shepherd. He, is a God who loves, who is our Shepherd, He is a God who knows all we go through, that is out guide, He is a God who is powerful, who is at our side. The Lord is MY Shepherd. The Lord is YOUR Shepherd, He knows me. He knows you. He knows what we can be and loves us now where we are at. He leads us uniquely and maybe much differently than others. Because God knows us and loves us, we shall not want. God provides for all of our needs. If we desire more, we need only ask.

HE MAKES ME LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES.

Being grateful for the gifts we have is sometimes difficult, Sometimes we just don’t see them. But when we really look around, we see how many them are. Gifts of friends, opportunities, creation, rest and many more. Many gifts surround us and are a part of the green pastures given us. Can you name the gifts you have? All of us have things to be grateful for from our loving God

HE LEADS ME BESIDE THE STILL WATER. HE RESTORES MY SOUL.

God leads us to peace. Sometimes we find that still water with someone else. Maybe we find it in a place, or a moment we can take to calm down. Sometimes we discover it within. God leads us then to be refreshed, to renew, to readjust, rejuvenate and to restore us. God brings us to like with a flower sent by a friend. a card, a visit, a book read, or by a smile, from a staff member. It was God who lifted our spirits.

HE GUIDES ME THROUGH THE PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE.

He guides me and He guides you in right paths, because He is a wise Shepherd. We might question the path, because we can’t see down the read. But He knows what He is doing. We will arrive safety and at the best place. Let’s entrust our lives in confidence to the One who loves us, and we will be led He will bring us to Himself.

ALTHOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I FEAR NO EVIL, FOR YOU ARE BESIDE ME.

In our painful days, we walk with God at our side. That is what God. our friend would want, It is not God who causes this suffering. But it is God who wants to be with us as we go through it. If we know a loving God gives us the strength to live through our dark days, we can give over our fears to this God who is with us. He does not promise us that suffering will not come to us. But He says He will be with us always. We do not have to feel God is present. He promised He would be. He understands suffering. He sent His son Jesus who suffered on the cross for us. Jesus knew suffering and Jesus said “I am with you always.”

YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF ARE THERE TO COMFORT ME.

What are the rod and staff that God gives to us in our life to comfort us? Is it people we love and who love us? Is it a staff person who is loving and careful in our needs? Is it the skilled doctors and nurses caring for us? Maybe it is a word from a therapist or even a stronger whom we meet. The rod and staff can be the Word of God, our faith, and prayer sustaining us throughout out days and nights. What are those supports we receive, that comfort us in times of need?

YOU PREPARE A TABLE FOR ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY FOES.

God has a place Prepared for each of us. He wants us with Him there. All the dinners and celebrations we have ever attended could not compare to what God has prepared for those who love Him. Even the obstacles in our lives we not big enough to deter us from this being with God and all of God’s family at this banquet. We are invited as we are, the person we were created. We belong there and ate being led there.

YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL. MY CUP IS OVERFLOWING.

God is our healer. Even inspire of illness and disease, inside we am being healed and readied for God. Being anointed and chosen as Gods people is a great privilege. Our cup is overflowing. God blesses us over and over daily.

GOODNESS AND KINDNESS WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

God is our Shepherd for life. It will never stop that God is with us, guiding us, and showing us His love. Let us be open and watch for how God is leading us today. We will see it when we ask for this grace.

I SHALL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD AS LONG AS I LIVE.

God is leading me, God is leading you home. We will continue to be with God just as we have been close, to Him on earth. What a Good Shepherd. Let’s continue to listen and follow how He leads, trusting in His love.

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