Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 30

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 23
  • 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  • Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-14

Photo of sheep by Marlene HielemaPsalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd

Psalm 23 is one of the most recognizable and quoted psalms from the Bible. There are many written versions and translations, as well as numerous choral adaptations of this popular psalm.

At 14, as a new member of my small United Church, we were required to recite this psalm at our confirmation service by memory. It has stuck in my head ever since, only to re re-affirmed by many beautiful hymn or anthem versions of the same text.

Later in life, I would hear it in church and community services of both joy and sorrow. It was the final Bible quote my mom used at my Dad’s bedside.

Why is this psalm so popular?

It could be the visual images that it brings to us:

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures,

“He leads me beside the still waters”

Or is it the comforting words?

“He restores my soul”

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”

For me, it is the undeniable presence of a caring and ever watchful “Lord” that never leaves your side, even in death.

In our Lenten reflections, it is an opportunity to remember those times when our Shepherd stepped in – led us through those days of death and darkness, or protected us in threatening situations.

It is also a time to remember the bounty given- the times of anointment and goodness.

But above all, we are to never forget that WE ARE NOT ALONE.

 by Trish Johnson

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