Over this Lenten season, the Spiritual Formation team at First Presbyterian Church in Bend put a call out to all to submit writings for a Lenten Devotional. I will do my best to post those here daily. You can also go to our website and access all of the devotions on a pdf file.
Here is the next submission:
Thoughts on the 23rd Psalm
A friend of mine shared this wonderful story about Unconditional Love. She and her grandson were on a hike in the Metolius woods when she temporarily lost her bearings. After searching for something familiar, she quietly confessed, “Mark, I think we’re lost.”
He looked up at her and smiled, “Grandma, we’re not lost; WE’RE TOGETHER.”
This simple story can offer hope to us when we feel alone or discouraged. And in these challenging times, there are so many reasons why we might feel that we have lost our way.
Some of us are Prodigal Sons or Daughters who can’t believe that forgiveness and love can be ours. Some of us are the Beatitudes People who are “poor in spirit” or “mourning” or “hungering and thirsting for righteousness.”
But, we should never feel lost. We are bound together unconditionally with our Sustainer, our Comforter, our Source of Strength.
I often think of my precious Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Dunn, who walked several miles each week with burlap-bagged feet to teach me the Psalms. I especially loved Psalms One, Psalms One Hundred; however, my favorite was Psalms Twenty-three:
The Lord is My shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul:
he leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
As we approach Easter, we are grateful for your spirit over us, family and friends walking beside us, and the unconditional love between us. We’re not lost; we’re together. Amen