Only with you O God
Healer and Hope of all, we seek to live as you would have us live. Your word calls us to:
Support and encourage
Value human dignity
Hear hopes, dreams and fears of others
Stay with those in pain
Pray for others, and ourselves
Share a laugh
Strive for excellence
Forgive others and ourselves
Seek what is best
Stay at our side O God that with your guidance we may be faithful servants.
A Prayer for Today
As I come across someone in pain today let me be a source of your hope.
If I see worry etched in the face of a friend or stranger may I offer your peace.
Fear and anger are so prevalent these days, may I be an example of peace in the midst of struggle.
May I offer your compassion to all whom I encounter that we may be reminded of your everlasting presence.
And, Father, in times of joy help me to remember to give you thanks knowing that all that is good comes from you.
Psalm 23 (NKJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the most often memorized, and remembered, psalm of comfort in the Bible.
One of my favorite verses within this Psalm is verse 3, “He restores my soul”. Looking up definitions of “restore” I found things like:
-To bring back to its former state; to bring back from a state of ruin
-To give or bring back, as that which has been lost
-To renew; to reestablish
-To make good
-To bring back to a state of health, soundness or vigor
What tremendous comfort it is to know that God so loves me and every one of us, so much that our souls may be brought “back to a state of health, soundness or vigor”.